Therapist Prevention Strategy
Jeff Richardson, PT, DPT, OCS
June 20, 2012
• The audience will understand the National
Prevention Strategy (NPS)
• The audience will understand the Therapy
Category response and how therapists
can support the NPS
• The audience will know where to get more
information to promote the Category
National Prevention Council
National Prevention Strategy
Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH
Director, National Prevention Strategy
CDC’s Office of the Associate Director of Policy
Network for Action Meeting
DHHS’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
June 21, 2011
The National Prevention Council
Opportunity to prioritize and align prevention
efforts across the federal government and the
Chaired by the U.S. Surgeon General
Council members: 17 federal departments
Advisory Group: 17 members appointed
Council Members
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Department of Labor
Corporation for National and
Community Service
Department of Transportation
Department of Agriculture
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Defense
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Education
Federal Trade Commission
Department of Health and Human
Office of Management and Budget
Department of Homeland Security
Office of National Drug Control
Department of Housing and Urban
White House Domestic Policy
Department of Justice
National Prevention Strategy
Identifies goals, priorities, recommendations, and
measures for improving health through prevention
Grounds recommendations in evidence-based practice
Aligns and focuses federal prevention and health
promotion efforts
Aligns with existing national efforts, such as:
Healthy People 2020
National Quality Strategy
First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign
America’s Great Outdoor Initiative
Work across sectors
Catalyze public and private partnerships:
 Federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial
 Private, non-profit, faith, community, labor
Focus on where people live, learn, work, and play
Promote healthy development and behaviors
throughout all stages of life
Eliminate disparities
Working together to improve the health and quality
of life for individuals, families, and communities by
moving the nation from a focus on sickness and
disease to one based on wellness and prevention.
Strategic Directions
Healthy & Safe Community Environments
Clinical & Community Preventive Services
Empowered People
Elimination of Health Disparities
Tobacco Free Living
Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
Healthy Eating
Active Living
Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Reproductive and Sexual Health
Injury and Violence Free Living
The National Prevention Strategy: American’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness
TPAC NPS Task Force
• AUD- CDR David Byrne
• OT- CDR Amy Hesselgesser and LCDR
Joe Otto (team lead)
• PT- CDR Jeff Richardson
• SLP- LCDR Erik Cala
Draft a document which will describe how
the Therapists can support the Surgeon
General’s National Prevention Strategy
Healthy Eating
•Increase access to healthy and affordable foods in
•Implement organizational and programmatic nutrition
standards and policies.
•Improve nutritional quality of the food supply.
•Help people recognize and make healthy food and beverage
•Support policies and programs that promote breastfeeding.
•Enhance food safety.
Active Living
•Encourage community design and development that supports
physical activity.
•Promote and strengthen school and early learning policies and
programs that increase physical activity.
•Facilitate access to safe, accessible, and affordable places for
physical activity.
•Support workplace policies and programs that increase
physical activity.
•Assess physical activity levels and provide education,
counseling, and referrals.
Mental and Emotional Well-being
•Promote positive early childhood development,
•including positive parenting and violence-free
•Facilitate social connectedness and community
•engagement across the lifespan.
•Provide individuals and families with the support
•necessary to maintain positive mental well-being.
•Promote early identification of mental
•health needs and access to quality services.
Injury and Violence Free Living
•Implement and strengthen policies and programs to enhance
transportation safety.
•Support community and streetscape design that promotes
safety and prevents injuries.
•Promote and strengthen policies and programs to prevent falls,
especially among older adults.
•Promote and enhance policies and programs to increase safety
and prevent injury in the workplace.
•Strengthen policies and programs to prevent violence.
•Provide individuals and families with the knowledge, skills, and
tools to make safe choices that prevent violence and injuries.
Thank you.
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