Governor Dave Heineman will be signing a proclamation announcing April as Public Health Month in Nebraska.
"Public Health is Return on
Investment (ROI): Save Lives, Save Money" is the theme for this year.
According to the American Public Health Association, 75 percent of our health care costs are related to treating preventable conditions, but we spend only 3 percent of our health care dollars on preventing diseases.
The United States spends far more on health care than any other country, with such costs rising tenfold from 1980 to 2010 and expected to rise faster than national income during the future, according to a statement from Two Rivers Public Health Department.
National data shows that investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That's a $5.60 return for every $1 invested. Each 10 percent increase in local public health spending contributes to a 6.9 percent decrease in infant deaths, a 3.2 percent decrease in cardiovascular deaths, a 1.4 percent decrease in deaths due to diabetes and a 1.1 percent decrease in cancer deaths.
Two Rivers is hosting a Public Health Month coffee gathering at their office in Holdrege on Friday, April 19, from 9:30-11 a.m. They are also sponsoring a coloring contest for second graders within the district. The theme is: "I make my home safe and healthy by…."
For more information, go to tworiverspublichealth.com.