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Prevention First

Policymaking for a Healthier America

In Prevention First, Dr. Anand K. Parekh, chief medical advisor of the Bipartisan Policy Center, argues that disease prevention must be our nation's top health policy priority. Building a personal culture of prevention, he writes, is not enough; elected officials and policymakers must play a greater role in reducing preventable deaths. Drawing on his experiences as a clinician, public servant, and policy advisor, Dr. Parekh provides examples of prevention in action from across the country, giving readers a view into why prevention-first policies are important and how they can be accomplished. Throughout the book, he demonstrates that, in order to optimize health in America, we must leverage public health insurance programs to promote disease prevention, expand primary care, attend to the social determinants of health, support making the healthier choice the easy choice for individuals, and increase public health investments.

Describing the areas of common ground to be found in public health and prevention, even between the entrenched sides in the healthcare policy debate, Dr. Parekh establishes a foundation on which healthcare policy makers and advocates can build. Providing concrete steps that federal policymakers should take to promote prevention both within and outside our healthcare sector, Prevention First not only sounds the alarm about the terrible consequences of preventable disease but serves as a rallying cry that we can and must do better in this country to reduce preventable deaths.

About the Authors

Anand K. Parekh, MD, MPH, a board-certified internal medicine physician, is the chief medical advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Previously, he completed a decade of service at the US Department of Health and Human Services. As a deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management.

Endorsements

"Dr. Parekh's book is a reminder that we have a shared responsibility to improve the health status of all Americans. Generations from now, people will look back upon this time and ask why we didn't do more to cover the uninsured, control healthcare costs, improve healthcare quality, and reduce disparities. Those will be valid questions. But the question that we should be most concerned with is why we allowed hundreds of thousands of potentially preventable deaths in America each year. Prevention First is an apt title for a critical and timely message that resonates with all of us in search of better health."

- Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Bill Frist, MD, from the Foreword

"Benjamin Franklin so famously stated, 'An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure.' Prevention First makes a compelling case that health promotion and disease prevention is a best buy and a wise investment for policy makers."

- Georges C. Benjamin, MD, American Public Health Association
Johns Hopkins University Press
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