By Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America
Regarding Paul Erwin and Doris Spain's guest column, "Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund," illnesses that are largely preventable -- heart disease, cancer and influenza -- remain top causes of death in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that half of all U.S. adults have one or more of these and other chronic health conditions. These realities underscore the importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund -- authorized and funded under the Affordable Care Act -- which helps states like Tennessee keep communities healthy and safe by providing resources for immunizations, chronic disease prevention and cancer screenings. The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program is one example of many. As Erwin and Spain note, without the fund, Tennessee could lose millions of dollars and experience heart-breaking loss of life. Read more.