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Promoting Health and Cost Control in States

Regardless of what type of healthcare you receive, where you live, how you eat, where you go to school, where you work, and what opportunities you have can have major impacts on your health. The United States spends trillions of dollars every year on health, but most of this money is spent on treating disease, not preventing it. Unless we change the conditions that contribute to poor health, we will continue to get sick.

State-level decision makers are in the best position to change the conditions where we work, live, learn, and play. Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) was designed to identify evidence-based policies that state leaders can use in their policy recommendations. The initiatives that PHACCS identifies look beyond healthcare and aim to foster collaboration, while keeping the social determinants of health in mind. PHACCS believes that states can improve the health of their communities through policy change.

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