Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

January 7, 2015 8:15 PM

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One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes. A new study sheds much-needed light on the genesis of that irony and proposes a way to reduce it. It should spark a national discussion about striking a proper balance for federal funding of health-related research.

The study, published earlier this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, analyzes the "National Institutes of Health Funding for Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Chronic Diseases." Co-authored by Chris Calitz, MPP, Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, Chris Millard, MPP, and Derek Yach, MBChB, t...

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