CONCORD, N.H., July 25, 2008— The New Hampshire Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a bi-partisan coalition chaired by First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch, and made up of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, met throughout the state this week to add their voice to the Democratic National Platform. PFCD hosted its first three Platform Meetings in greater Nashua, Manchester and Concord with healthcare advocates and concerned citizens as well as members from The National Alliance for Mental Health, The YMCA, and The Boy Scouts Daniel Webster Council, to exchange ideas and stress the importance of chronic disease awareness and prevention measures being included in the National Platform. Members of PFCD include The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1984, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, The Greater Manchester Family YMCA, The NH School Nurses Association, The American Lung Association and The Arthritis Foundation.
These PFCD Platform Meetings are the result of a unique opportunity presented by the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America. This year is the first time that voters in all 50 states have a chance to shape the Democratic Platform by holding meetings like these in their local communities to exchange ideas and make their voices heard. The messaging generated at these Platform Meetings will be reviewed and considered by the Democratic Platform Committee at their August 1st meeting.
At the various PFCD meetings throughout the state groups discussed their concern about chronic disease in the state of New Hampshire and the staggering statistic that two out of every five Granite state residents suffer from a chronic disease. Some of the messages that advocate for participation in the Platform Meetings include:
* Promotion of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention and management in every community
* Encouraging and rewarding continuous advances in clinical practice and research that improve the quality of care for those with prevalent and costly chronic diseases
* Accelerating improvements in the quality and availability of health information technology throughout the health care system
* Reduction of health disparities by focusing on barriers to good health
The meetings were well attended by NH citizens concerned about healthcare costs and chronic disease in the state of New Hampshire. “We are hopeful that both sides of the aisle will see what a problem chronic disease is to our health care costs and the overall well being of our citizens and include a policy for change in their platforms”, said Denise Brewitt the Executive Director of the Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions.
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 number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the United States: chronic disease.