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Making the Case for Prevention: Tales from the Field

Friday, June 19, 2009

To improve the health of communities and the general population, an array of health reformers, states and businesses alike are all looking to a range of prevention measures such as chronic disease management, alcohol and smoking cessation, and obesity programs. The hope is that these measures will also improve value and control costs.

But prevention efforts, while clearly valuable, often produce gains that are difficult to quantify in dollars. The Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly scored savings from prevention measures in leading congressional health reform plans lower than their advocates had hoped.

What types of prevention models are working for business and government? What impact on health have prevention programs had? Does the evidence prove that prevention can cut costs? What emphasis should be placed on community vs. clinical prevention? What improvements need to be made in public health infrastructure, workforce and training to improve prevention efforts?

To discuss these recommendations and questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a June 19 briefing. Panelists were: Ray Baxter of Kaiser Permanente, Jim Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alice Baker Borrelli of Intel Corporation and Judy Monroe of the Indiana State Department of Health. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.


Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
Ray Baxter, Kaiser Permanente, Speaker
Jim Marks , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Speaker
Alice Baker Borrelli , Intel Corporation, Speaker
Judy Monroe, Indiana State Department of Health, Speaker

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Making the Case for Prevention: Tales from the Field (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 6/19/2009
Event Summary: Making the Case for Prevention: Tales from the Field (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 6/19/2009
Full Webcast/Podcast: Making the Case for Prevention: Tales from the Field

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Judy Monroe Speaker Presentation (PowerPoint), 6/19/2009
Alice Baker Borrelli Intel Presentation (PowerPoint), 6/19/2009

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Speaker Biographies (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 6/19/2009
Briefing Agenda (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 6/19/2009
Creating a Healthier Future Through Early Interventions for Children (Adobe Acrobat PDF), JAMA, 6/19/2009
Testimony of J. Randall MacDonald Senior VP for Human Resources IBM Corporation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Testimony - Ways and Means Committee , 6/19/2009
Letter to Congress (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Many Organizations, 6/19/2009
Employers and Insurers Struggle to how best to Promote Healthy Behaviors (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Pittsburg Post-Gazette, 6/19/2009
Selected Experts (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 6/19/2009
Making the Case for Prevention: Tales from the Field (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 6/19/2009

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Leading By Example: CEO's on the Business Case for Worksite Prevention (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Partnership For Prevention, 6/19/2009
Public Health's Inconvenient Truth: The Need to Create Partnerships with the Private Sector , CDC - Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, 6/19/2009
D.C. Needs to Catch up to the Public, Roll Call , 6/19/2009
Economic Stimulus: CDC Moves Forward , CDC, 6/19/2009
Prevention Efforts Provide No Panacea on Health Costs, Wall Street Journal, 6/19/2009
New Health Report: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Investment in Prevention (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Greenberg Quinlan Rosner / Public Opinion Strategies, 6/19/2009
Prevention for a Healthier America (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Trust for America's Health, 6/19/2009
How Safeway is Cutting Healthcare Costs, Wall Street Journal, 6/19/2009


James Marks, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, made the case for prevention as a key component of health reform at the June 19 briefing cosponsored by the foundation.

Judy Monroe, Indiana state health commissioner, explains why primary prevention efforts are less expensive and more effective than secondary or tertiary prevention. From the June 19 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Video courtesy Kaiser Family Foundation.)


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