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  • ACOEM Comments on National Prevention Strategy

    Statement attributable to:
    Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP
    President, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    “ACOEM is pleased that the federal government has recognized the workplace as a key channel to improve health and wellness in the United States as a part of its new National Prevention Strategy.”

    “As an advocate for the nation’s community of physicians who specialize in workplace health, ACOEM has long been a proponent of placing a greater priority on policies aimed at improving the health of our workforce – which is vital to America’s future on many levels.”

    “Acknowledging the importance of the workplace by naming employers as one of the plan’s five key ‘Partners in Prevention” and suggesting dozens of ways in which employers can contribute to a new culture of health in the United States was a wise first step. Now it’s up to all the stakeholders in workplace health – from employers to insurers to occupational and environmental physicians – to work together to move these ideas forward.”

    “A key ingredient for success will be stronger federal incentives for employers to adopt the health promotion activities and evidence-based health programs suggested in the plan. Federal policy should be increasingly geared towards helping employers recognize the intrinsic connection between good health and productivity, and encouraging them to do all they can to invest in the good health of their workers.”

    “The plan acknowledges much of the research that ACOEM has facilitated in recent years showing an inextricable connection between health and productivity. As the rise of chronic disease takes its toll and health costs continue to spiral upward, it is imperative for us to recognize the importance of this critical fact. Without a healthy, able and available workforce, the United States will find it impossible to thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.” 

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    About ACOEM The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents nearly 5,000 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. For more information, visit www.acoem.org.