Save Lives, Save Money
Don’t you think it’s time to get a return on our investment?
The American Public Health Association thinks so. The theme for this year’s National Public Health Week (NPHW), which starts today, is “Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives, Saves Money.” The week brings together hundreds of communities countrywide to celebrate the contributions of a strong public health system and to help improve and protect our nation’s health.
The theme highlights the importance of well-supported health systems in constraining health care spending, preventing diseases and saving lives.
For example, with Maryland’s direct health care expenditures for smokers over $2.2 billion annually, preventing the start of tobacco use among youth and young adults, while also assisting those who want to quit, is a proven strategy with a positive return on investment that can reach as high as $5 for every $1 invested in tobacco control. The Maryland Tobacco Quitline
, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, has recently expanded services - including web and text options, as well as enhanced phone counseling to pregnant women and teenage tobacco users. As always, all services provided by the Maryland Tobacco Quitline are free of charge for participants, but they save all of us money by helping smokers quit.
People can get involved in National Public Health Week by registering organizations as NPHW partners, adding events to the NPHW calendar, attending or organizing events or by sending messages to Congress members about certain public health issues.
APHA encourages people to eat healthy, exercise regularly, avoid tobacco and stay up-to-date on recommended vaccines. Focusing on these activities can help people live longer and healthier lives.