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Healthy should include being able to work and take part in life

The nation’s public health goals for the population should include work and full participation in life among the major indicators of health status for all adults ages 18 to 70, including those with chronic conditions and disabilities. The nation’s public health objectives are embodied in the federal government’s Healthy People initiative. The current version is Healthy People 2020, which has 1,200 objectives in 42 topic ...more »

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Designate a responsible federal entity

Direct an existing federal entity or establish a new one to be responsible for leading an interagency effort to prevent adverse secondary consequences of health problems and chronic conditions, such as avoidable impairment and disability, job loss, and workforce withdrawal; then align relevant federal programs such that they support of this goal. There is no federal entity whose mission explicitly includes this goal. ...more »

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Build an evidence-based foundation for action

The nation’s research agenda does not include examining the benefits of working or the best ways to ensure that adults who develop health problems can remain employed. Meanwhile, a great deal of research has been devoted to the adverse impact of various aspects of work on health. As a result, the evidence base is unbalanced. To understand the positive connection between health and work more fully, we need evidence on ...more »

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Use social marketing to change beliefs and behaviors

Social change usually reflects widespread changes in beliefs, which, in turn, influence behavior and then outcomes. A strategic marketing campaign alone will not create social change, but it is essential to changing the beliefs of influential groups. The success of a public health campaign depends on whether it presents the facts persuasively. Examples include the campaigns against tobacco, drunk driving, and domestic ...more »

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Pay health care providers for services that promote SAW/RTW

To ensure that health care providers are paid for their expertise and the time they devote to promoting functional restoration and SAW/RTW, the designated federal entity (see recommendation 2) should: • Formally request the American Medical Association and CMS to collaborate with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and other relevant medical associations to develop Current Procedural Technology ...more »

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Capture and make visible new, relevant process and outcome data

Every year, workers who have lost their jobs because of a health condition become invisible. None of the institutions with which these workers might come in contact keep or report statistics on an event like this—not medical offices, workplaces, payer organizations, or insurance companies. As a result, the party that knows what happened and what, if anything, was done about it is often not the party that has the data ...more »

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