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Public Health Education

The Administration is committed to giving Americans the information and support they need to prevent diseases and stay healthy. For example, the President's 2003 budget includes $20 million for a Healthy Communities Innovation Initiative, a new interdisciplinary services effort which will concentrate Department-wide expertise on the prevention of common public health problems including diabetes, asthma, and obesity. The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the incidence and complications of these diseases in five communities through a tightly coordinated public/private partnership between medical, social, educational, business, civic and religious organizations.