Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money. Whether big or small our contribution to ensuring that our society is moving towards a healthier society is vitality important. National Public Health Week is coming to an end, but we don’t have to stop spreading health awareness. Public Health Awareness week was established to encourage Americans to come together to make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities. We are all impacted and we see it today with our healthcare system and many other ways. There are countless examples that prove why we must care and why must collectively do something about the public health of our society!
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released a public health awareness video and she indicated, “Good health is shaped in nurture….when we invest in public health, we get big returns.”
Public health awareness is the first step towards making improvements in our society. Let’s stop ignorance and educate our communities. The following are some Public Health Facts that were consolidated from various publications published by the American Public Health Association.
- 10 percent increase in local public health spending contributes to a nearly 7 percent decrease in infant deaths, a 3.2 percent decrease in cardiovascular deaths and a 1.4 percent decrease in diabetes-related deaths.1
- Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths and cause Americans to miss 2.5 billion days of work, resulting in lost productivity totaling more than $1 trillion.2
- Up to $11.80 in benefits can be gained for every $1 invested in bicycling and walking opportunities. States with the highest levels of biking and walking also tend to have the lowest levels of costly chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.3
- Investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested.4
- A $52 investment in a child safety seat prevents $2,200 in medical costs, resulting in a return of $42 for every $1 invested.5
- A $12 investment in a child’s bicycle helmet can prevent $580 in medical costs, resulting in a return of $48 for every $1 invested.6
- The cost of providing dental care for children enrolled in Medicaid and living in communities without fluoridation is twice as high as for children who receive the oral health benefits of drinking water fluoridation.7
You don’t have to put together a grandiose plan, just simply spread the word through sharing this blog post via your preferred social networks.
1 APHA Infographic available at: action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Infographic_Page_2012_10_04_Round_2.html.
2 Kessler RC, Greenberg PE, Mickelson KD, Meneades LM, Wang PS. The effects of chronic medical conditions on work loss and work cutback. J Occup Environ Med. 2001;43: 218–225.; DeVol R, Bedroussian A, Charuworn A, Chatterjee A, Kim I, Kim S,Klowden K. An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease. Santa Monica, Calif.: Milken Institute. 2007.
3 Alliance for Biking and Walking. Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report. January 2012.
4 Levi, J. etal, Prevention for a HealthierAmerica: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities.Trust for America’s Health.Feb.2009.
5 Children’sSafety Network and PacificInstitute for Research and Evaluation. Injury Prevention: What Works? A Summary of Cost – Outcome Analysis for Injury Prevention Programs (2010 Update). Nov.15, 2010
7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Water Fluoridation and Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay,Louisiana1995-1996. MMWR September1999.48(34);753-757.