We want Congress to listen to our petition and advocate for federal funding for public health programs and prevention. Specifically, we want Congress to increase funding for preventative services for the top three most costly diseases in the U.S.: cardiovascular disease, substance (mainly opioid) misuse, and diabetes.
Why is this important?
Only 3% of the federal healthcare budget is spent on public health and preventative care. The rest is spent on tertiary care, like treatments for diseases. Cardiovascular disease, substance misuse, and diabetes are the top three most costly diseases in the U.S. -- yet, they are highly preventable. However, without adequate funding, the rates of these diseases continue to increase, therefore driving up the healthcare costs.
Health Happens Everywhere envisions a healthcare system that is proactive instead of reactive, where public health funding receives an equitable share of total health expenditures, and where health disparities are eliminated. This is important, as public health benefits EVERYONE; prevention saves healthcare dollars, and creates better places to work, live, play, and stay healthy for a longer period of time.
We are a national campaign run by MPH candidates at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, targeting policy and decision makers in Congress to invest more in prevention services.