The Office of the Surgeon General, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), plans to develop and produce a report by the U.S. Surgeon General on the link between investments in community health and community and other measures of well-being and economic prosperity.
The Surgeon General imagines a robust community investment strategy, spearheaded by the private sector, to make communities more vibrant and workers healthier and fit for the 21st century economy. Dr. Jerome Adams believes preventing chronic diseases and behavioral health issues is more cost effective than treating them. Investments in community health is a key prevention strategy to produce greater individual and community health and well-being and ultimately lead to greater economic and overall prosperity. The Surgeon General will compile the available evidence and best practices documenting the connection between private sector investment in the health of their employees and communities and collective prosperity, and issue a report to share the evidence, inspire future research and provide tools and resources for effective, efficient community health investments that produce results.
The Surgeon General wants to build upon the community health work that has already been done and would like to hear from you about the initiatives you are doing to address community health and prosperity.
The deadline to submit written views, recommendations, and data on the connection between community health and prosperity, business investment in local community health, investment strategies, the role of a healthy workforce in business success, and contributions of local policy makers towards community development is due on November 5, 2018.
Click here to visit the Federal Register Notice (FRN) released by the CDC to share your ideas, examples and data.