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Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

The United States has made enormous progress during the past century in improving the health and longevity of its population through public health interventions and high-quality clinical care. In 2015, life expectancy at birth was 78.8 years, 10 years longer than in the 1950s (1). Smoking prevalence rates among adults and teenagers are less than half what they were 50 years ago (2). The proportion of people without health insurance is at a historic low of 8.8% (3). Health reform efforts have also improved health care quality and slowed the growth rate of health care costs.


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