NH Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease announces new partners

Concord, NH (June 20, 2007)— The New Hampshire Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a coalition committed to making the issue of chronic disease the key health care issue in the 2008 presidential election, announced today the addition of five new partners.

The New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation, Chronic Conditions Information Network of Vermont and New Hampshire, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America / New England Chapter, New Hampshire Action for Healthy Kids, and the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance joined their fellow leaders and organizations in the health care, business, and labor communities to make chronic disease prevention a prominent topic in the debate over rising health care costs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. – killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year. Chronic diseases are also the primary driver of health care costs, accounting for 75% of the $2 trillion dollars spent each year on health care in the U.S.

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

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 , 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, New Hampshire Retired Educators Association, Retired Chapter of the State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1984 , New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation, Chronic Conditions Information Network of Vermont and New Hampshire , Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America / New England Chapter, New Hampshire Action for Healthy Kids, and the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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