Working Across Sectors: Preventing Disease and Promoting Health Through Policy and Practice


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Partnership for Prevention (PfP) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan health policy organization. It was founded in 1991 by a handful of people in Washington, DC, and led by former US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Richard S. Schweiker. During his tenure (1981–1983), Former Secretary Schweiker found that he could not advance a prevention policy agenda as far as he wanted to. He identified two principal impediments to advancing prevention in the Federal policy process. First was the lack of an authoritative source of timely policy analysis. Second, there were many organizations with interests in prevention, but they were siloed along lines of particular diseases or professional disciplines. The Former Secretary identified few who were working to put up the broader umbrella to bring all of those different interests together to support prevention overall, prevention in full. So he and his colleagues founded PfP to address these impediments and move the health focus of the country more upstream toward larger prevention concepts and efforts.


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