According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, the Federal Government is providing funding to create prevention and wellness programs that will ultimately create healthier communities and reduce health care costs:
Communities to Put Prevention to Work will focus on prevention and wellness in order to create healthier communities. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funds have been channeled into community-based prevention and wellness programs to address chronic disease rates. In response to the ARRA’s funding, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in March 2010 awards for more than $372 million to support public health initiatives in 44 communities across the U.S.
Let’s Move is a national initiative that provides resources to help parents and children make healthier food choices at home, in their school, and community. First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the charge to address childhood obesity.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program that implements community-based solutions with the expected outcome to reverse childhood obesity by 2015 is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and provides resources which support healthy eating and active living, especially among children who are at highest risk for obesity in 41 communities across the U.S.
That means professionals are NEEDED in the following areas:
Public health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research, and promotion of health lifestyles.
Nutrition and dietetics is the health field that focuses on the interaction between nutrition and health. Changes in diet can help prevent or control many health problems.
Environmental health professionals work to improve public health by identifying, tracking, and addressing environmental risk factors.
Complimentary and Alternative Medicine professionals place a high value on the body’s natural ability to heal itself and thus tend to be prevention-oriented in their treatments.
Dentists and Dental Hygienists provide a wide range of oral health care that contributes to the general health and quality of their patients’ lives.
Mental health practitioners counsel patients in order to promote optimal mental health with a focus on prevention.
Meet with a career counselor to explore how you can develop a career path to enter these fields.