Health Voices Category: The 6% solution

Building the Case for Prevention is Not Easy

By Ted Bruce The debate over the mandatory use of bike helmets has predictably heated up with the arrival of ideal biking weather. And there is an abundance of population level data being tossed around to buttress both sides of the argument. On one side is the position that mandatory bike helmet use discourages ridership…

Cancer Prevention Works – Time for a New Health Care Paradigm

By Ted Bruce The cancer community has done a remarkable job of documenting the importance of prevention. They estimate that 50% of cancers are preventable and have an active campaign to encourage provincial government action on prevention. Learn more via the Canadian Cancer Society’s (BC & Yukon) Cancer Gameplan Election website. Think about that number:…

Embrace the wisdom of investing in children

By Dr. Brian O’Connor In a recent blog (‘It Doesn’t Have to Be this Way’, March 27th‘), Trevor Hancock, in a tribute to Clyde Hertzman, reviewed the policy platform of the Human Early Living Partnership (HELP) as contained in the 15×15 document.  Much of this speaks to the importance of ensuring adequate incomes for families…

Public Health is ROI

By Dr. Marjorie MacDonald Earlier this week, I posted a blog on this website about the economic benefits of prevention. After writing the blog, I realized that in the US, it is National Public Health Week with the theme “Public Health is ROI” (return on investment). Since this deals with the focus of my earlier…

The Economic Benefits of Prevention

By Dr. Marjorie MacDonald A common theme has emerged in the last three blogs posted on this website – that is, the need for an increased investment in prevention. Ted Bruce (March 8th) argued for a prevention agenda for addressing childhood obesity and called for a well-funded prevention effort. Trevor Hancock (March 17th) suggested we…

Investing in Prevention = Investing in our Future

By Dr. Victoria Lee Dr. Hancock outlined that increasing our investment in prevention translates into a better health bang for the buck.  This requires us to collectively shift the current paradigm from illness to wellness.  Approximately 78% of illness care costs in acute care are from life-sustaining measures in the final year of life[1].  However,…