Making Prevention Possible
Good quality health care is essential for all Californians to have long, healthy lives. By investing in creating healthier communities that prevent chronic disease, injury, and inequitable health conditions, we keep people from needing care in the first place, improve lives, and make healthcare dollars go further.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN PREVENTION AT THIS TIME
The devastating outcomes of health inequities can be clearly seen in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Californians with largely preventable illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of death, communities with limited access to healthy food are suffering, and we are scrambling to meet the basic needs of low income, marginalized residents. Now more than ever, we have a collective responsibility to invest in the capacity of local health departments and community organizations to create conditions that prevent people from needing care in the first place.
Californians for a Wellness Fund, an initiative of the Public Health Institute, and the Health Officers Association of California are requesting a one-time appropriation from the 2020/1 California General Fund. The budget request will support three years of funding to CBOs, clinics, tribes, and local health departments in a number of counties across the state.
Three other states have established wellness trusts. Learn more about how they accomplished it and how California can do it too!
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Prevention saves lives and money. Learn more about the return on investment.
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