Yesterday the Trust for America's Health
released their report Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities
. They found an investment of $10 per person per year (that would be 2.7 or 3 cents a day) in proven community-based programs that included ways to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, prevent smoking, and stop use of other products containing tobacco could save the United States more than $16 billion each year within the next five years. The ROI (return on investment) would be $5.60 for every dollar spent.
The study included many examples of community-based prevention programs that significantly improved the health of participants. One point the researchers included was that we need more research into community-based disease prevention programs, what works and what doesn't and how to best target communities, because these programs have great potential for reducing unnecessary and painful conditions as well as saving costs.
Nurses and Americans are calling for pragmatic and cost-effective solutions. Visit our Home Page
to read the Office of the National Nurse proposal. What is being suggested is quite simple, encourage participation of students, nurses and retirees within programs that already exist in communities that engage in prevention activities that have proven successful, coordinating these efforts through the proposed Office of the National Nurse.
We agree with Trust for America's Health report. There are numerous prevention models and programs around the country that are demonstrating positive results, but these need to be replicated and expanded throughout the country. Nurses as the largest and most trusted health care workforce are well positioned to take the lead to make this happen.
Be sure to read our recent publication on Medscape's Ejournal for Advanced Practice Nurses: Nurses and the Public Say It's Time for Change
. If you need help in obtaining this on line, please email Teri
.We need your help to make the Office of the National Nurse a reality.
1. Contact Teri
for a free poster and also to sign up for email newsletter updates that can also be forwarded to your family, friends, and peers or posted on websites.
2. Ask organizations you are a member of to endorse the Office of the National Nurse initiative.
3. Call the American Nurses Association and leave a message that you strongly support creating an Office of the National Nurse for prevention. 301-628-5000 You may also email the ANA at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Write a letter of support to the Presidential candidate you are supporting and urge him to put language about the Office of the National Nurse proposal into his platform statement on nursing/healthcare.
Senator John McCain
PO Box 16118
Arlington, VA 22215
Senator Barack Obama
PO Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
5. Purchase a button or a bumpersticker at http://www.cafepress.com/nationalnurse
6. Make a donation to the National Nursing Network Organization
. We are a non-profit organization, but are not tax exempt; therefore contributions are not tax deductible.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, July 21, 2008