NH Health Care Experts Call on Candidates to Discuss Chronic Disease at Debates

 

Chronic Disease Accounts for 7 in 10 Deaths and 75 Cents of Every Dollar Spent on Health Care in the U.S
-- Centers for Disease Control, Accessed April 6, 2007 (www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/overview.htm)

Concord, NH (May 31, 2007)—Members of the New Hampshire Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (NH PFCD) today, challenged the Presidential Candidates and Panelists to discuss Chronic Disease Prevention in next week’s Democratic and Republican Debates.

"Presidential candidates have a great opportunity to discuss the real health care crisis facing Granite Staters—chronic disease," said Susan MacNeil, a NH PFCD partner and Executive Director of AIDS Services of the Monadnock Region. "Chronic disease is the single largest cause of death and health care costs, accounting for 70% of deaths and 75% of health care costs in the U.S. The Presidential candidates must be asked to explain their plans to address the issue."

"Many chronic conditions can be prevented through healthier eating habits, frequent exercise, and regular medical checkups," said Mike LaChance, a NH PFCD partner and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Nashua. "We already have many of the tools we need to live longer and healthier lives. I look forward to hearing the Presidential candidates discuss this critical issue and commit themselves to saving lives and lowering health care costs."

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national bipartisan coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the #1 cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

The PFCD’s mission is to:

Challenge policymakers – in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates – to make the issue of chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue through their health care proposals

policymakers – in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates – to make the issue of chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue through their health care proposals

Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation

the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation

Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

More than 40 advisory board members and partner organizations from across the nation have joined the PFCD, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SEIU, the NAACP, Easter Seals, the National Medical Association, Kerr Drug, the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Preventive Medicine, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, YMCA of the USA, the Alliance for Aging Research, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), American Pharmacists Association Foundation, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Disease Management Association of America, Integrated Benefits Institute, and the Milken Institute, among others. The PFCD advisory board members and partners reach approximately 330 million Americans through their work.

New Hampshire PFCD Partners include: AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, American Lung Association of New Hampshire, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, City of Manchester Health Department, Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions, Greater Manchester YMCA, Greater Nashua YMCA, Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire, New England Clinicians Forum, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, New Hampshire for Health Care, New Hampshire Independent Pharmacists Association, New Hampshire Kidney Foundation, New Hampshire Pharmacists Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, NH Retired Educators Association, Retired Chapter of the State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1984

For more information, please visit www.fightchronicdisease.org.