Successful Community Health Programs Outlined
MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct. 24, 2008-The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a group committed to raising awareness of chronic disease as the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S., welcomes Dr. Richard Carmona, Former Surgeon General of the United States to the Granite State. On behalf of PFCD's mission to fight chronic disease, Dr. Carmona spoke before Manchester city executive and health officials, legislators, and PFCD partners, to encourage successful wellness programs. Mayor Guinta also announced the "Passport of Cardiovascular Health Challenge" for the City of Manchester; a program that focuses on getting Manchester citizens more heart health conscious and take steps in improving the overall wellness of the community.
Along with Dr. Carmona and Mayor Guinta, several other key speakers made points advocating for the prevention of chronic disease. These speakers include: Tim Soucy, Director of Manchester Department of Health, and representatives from Elliot Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Catholic Medical Center. These speakers touched upon healthcare policies and added insight to Carmona's talk on successful programs.
"I am thrilled to promote the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease in New Hampshire," states Dr. Carmona, "The Passport of Cardiovascular Health Challenge provides a strong initiative to help prevent chronic health issues and improve the overall wellness of the Manchester community."
"I am pleased to announce the health awareness programs of the Manchester community," explains Mayor Frank Guinta, "We have realized the chronic health needs of our community and are taking steps to educate and promote prevention to our citizens. We look forward to working with PFCD, The Manchester Department of Health, and other various programs in making Manchester a healthier region."
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
§ Educate 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
New Hampshire PFCD Partners include: Advanced Laser Therapy, AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America / New England Chapter, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, Chronic Conditions Information Network of Vermont and New Hampshire, City of Manchester Health Department, Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions, Greater Concord YMCA, Greater Keene YMCA, Greater Manchester YMCA, Greater Nashua YMCA, Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire, New England Clinicians Forum, New Hampshire Action for Healthy Kids, New Hampshire Advocates for Healthy Youth, New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation, New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 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, New Hampshire Recreation and Parks Association, New Hampshire Retired Educators Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Retired Chapter of the State Employees Association, and SEIU Local 1984. For more information about PFCD, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.