Keep Me Well

In their August 25, 2010 commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, Howard Koh, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services describe the major components of the Affordable Care Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this Spring. The overriding theme of the legislation is a “vibrant emphasis on disease prevention” and health promotion. Too many Americans, especially our children, are not reaching their full potential because of preventable conditions like asthma, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Koh and Sebelius believe that the law reaffirms the principle that “the health of the individual is almost inseparable from the health of the larger community. And the health of each community and territory determines the overall health status of the nation.” Promoting health and well-being is a key value of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We are focusing on the health of the children of our “larger community” through our Keep Me Well program. In the next two Children’s on Quality podcasts, I interview the leaders of the Keep Me Well program, Pam Carr, Executive Director of Partners for Kids and Sean Gleeson, MD, Medical Director of Partners for Kids and Vice-President for Community Health and Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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