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Jeffrey Levi
Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy for a modernized public health system. Dr. Levi has authored reports and testified before Congress on disaster preparedness, environmental health, chronic disease and the obesity epidemic. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where his research has focused on HIV/AIDS, Medicaid and integrating public health with America's health care system. He served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and was Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He has appeared as an expert commentator on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Bloomberg TV.

Entries by Jeffrey Levi

How to Ensure 'It Gets Better' Now for LGBTQ Youth

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:14 AM

As we observe World AIDS Day, it's important to reflect on the accomplishments that have been made over the years. However, despite these accomplishments, including successful treatment regimens for HIV/AIDS, there is a complacency about HIV/AIDS and a misperception that the epidemic is largely under control.

The reality is that...

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By Focusing on Health, a Community Goes From 'Little Vietnam' to Vibrant and Thriving

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:05 PM

The piece was co-authored with Carol Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities

Effective, affordable health care is essential for improving health, but what happens beyond the doctor's office also has a major impact on how healthy we are. There is increasing understanding of how important it is to combine...

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The Best 97th Birthday Present for the National Parks Service? More Parks.

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 10:12 AM

While there have been positive signs in the childhood obesity epidemic recently, we still have a long way to go to reverse the trends -- more than 5.1 percent of males and 4.7 percent of females ages 2 to 19 are severely obese, according to F as in...

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Adult Obesity Rates Remain High but Held Steady

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:46 AM

For 10 years, F as in Fat, a study by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has raised awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. And, after decades of bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. Recently, we found that obesity rates remained level in...

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Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Most of us only go to the doctor a few times a year -- and in between that, we are left alone to figure out how to best follow our doctor's advice in our daily lives. If you have pre-diabetes, most days you're left to manage that condition and try...

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And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 2:26 PM

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a historic law and its third birthday should be celebrated.

The law, each day, helps move the country from a 'sick care' system to a real health care system. Some of the lesser known but most important provisions of the ACA focus on...

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Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Public health departments have the unique role and responsibility for improving health in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. They are charged with identifying top health problems and developing strategies to solve these issues.

Indeed, they are the chief health strategist in communities.

Unfortunately, public health departments at all levels...

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Prevention Does the Body (and America's Wallet) Good

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 11:08 AM

There is no doubt that preventing people from becoming sick will improve the quality of life for millions of Americans dramatically. More than one-half of Americans are currently living with one or more serious chronic disease.

Certainly, some preventive care will only provide the benefits of improved...

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Will We Have a Health Care System or a Sick Care System? A Tale of Two Futures

(220) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 9:08 AM

It's a right as old as the Declaration of Independence.

By birth, every American should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can or wants to be. A government that is truly for the people provides everyone with world-class services that protect and support their...

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HIV Prevention Must Resume Its Place in the Larger LGBT Agenda

(18) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 7:44 PM

Much of the rhetoric at this year's International AIDS Conference was about achieving an "AIDS-free generation." This new optimism reflects the tremendous progress that has been made in both the science of HIV and our ability to translate that science into meaningful prevention and treatment programs, but if the United...

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The National Prevention Strategy at One: Improving the Health of Individuals, Families and Communities

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:51 PM

On the first anniversary of the historic National Prevention Strategy: America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness, the country should join the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health and my organization, Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in...

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Safety First, Yet the Facts Hurt: How Injury Prevention Can Save Lives

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:56 PM

We can save hundreds of thousands of lives by enacting, enforcing and supporting injury prevention policies and activities. A recent report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found that many injury prevention activities have been scientifically shown to reduce harm...

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Addressing Disparities, Promoting Health Equity and Ending HIV/AIDS

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 1:54 PM

While we have made incredible strides in addressing HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years, the disease remains devastatingly prevalent in America, especially among gay and bisexual men. This population accounts for 57 percent of new HIV infections and a gay man who is 18 years old faces a two in...

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Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Eliminating Health Disparities

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 7:55 PM

Chronic diseases -- such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes -- are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75 percent of the nation's health spending. Obesity alone is related to more than 30 illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart...

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The Erosion of U.S. Emergency Preparedness

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 7:11 AM

Since September 11 and anthrax, we've released the "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism" in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over the past ten years, the report has documented how preparedness had been on an upward trajectory. While there were serious ongoing gaps,...

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Healthier Americans and a Healthier Economy Go Hand in Hand

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 6:23 PM

If people are healthier, they are generally happier.

If people are healthier, they are likely to be more productive.

If people are both happy and productive, the economy will follow suit.

Increasingly, employers are getting this and taking steps to help their employees make the healthy choices while they...

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Why The HPV Vaccine Isn't Sticking

(24) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 9:21 AM

Here's a simple choice: Would you rather potentially develop cancer or take what many experts say is a harmless vaccine that would prevent you from developing certain forms of cancer for the rest of your life?

It's a no-brainer, right?

Well, you'd think so, yet use of the vaccine for...

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20 Years Of Obesity: Tracking Changes, Finding Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 1:45 AM

News about the obesity epidemic seems to be everywhere. Clearly it has become a serious issue for every neighborhood, city, county and state, as it hampers productivity and quality of life. We even have popular television shows focused exclusively on helping people lose weight.

Yet, we haven't seen tangible results...

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The Power of Prevention

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 12:57 PM

I want to commemorate the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a healthier American people.

One year ago, we took the first step toward a true public health system when the federal government committed to helping people take personal responsibility for their own health by making healthy...

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Affordable Care Act: Helping Americans Stay Active and Independent as They Age

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 12:40 PM

Aging can be hard. The aches and pains start to add up -- and a lifetime of calories, cholesterol, and time spent sitting on the couch catches up with us.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes some new measures that can help us be more active and independent as...

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