Fifteen years ago, Healthy People: The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention1 established disease prevention as a primary strategy for improving the health of US citizens and emphasized health promotion as an essential component of the prevention imperative. In 1991, the publication of Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives2 set forth priorities and specific objectives for health promotion, health protection, and preventive services and developed goals to enhance quality of life, decrease preventable death and disability, achieve universal access for preventive services, and reduce disparities in health status. Today, with health care providers, researchers, analysts, and policymakers attempting to design health care systems that provide accessible, affordable, and comprehensive health care, the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention have emerged at the forefront of the reform debate and are receiving greater attention than ever before.
Despite health improvements achieved through
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