265542 Non Communicable diseases in the US: An Ongoing Challenge

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
At present in the United States, NCDs account for 70 percent of deaths, limit the activities of tens of millions more Americans, which costs the US economy billions of dollars. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes are the NCDs are the biggest contributors to increased morbidity and mortality in the United States. The four major behavioral risk factors are tobacco usage, alcohol abuse, lack of physical exercise, and unhealthy dietary habits. According to a survey conducted by the NCD Alliance these diseases are currently responsible for 63 percent of deaths worldwide and a whopping 87 percent of deaths in the United States (that's more than 4 out of 5!), making NCDs the leading cause of death in America. A low socio- economic status and lack of education on health style modification in certain ethnic groups in the US have resulted in their being at an increased risk for NCDs. This presentation will focus on the causative factors form this epidemic of NCDs in the US and examine policy at local, state and national levels in place to improve the health of societies. The role of stake holders working at grass roots to address this growing public health challenge will discussed and recommendations will be made.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1.Discuss the etiology of non-communicable diseases in the US. 2.Discuss the socio economic impact of NCDs on communities in the US. 3.Discuss the role of public health professionals in improving the health of the population in the United States.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working as a health care professional for more than 20 years in various fields. I have presented at several national and international conferences published, edited a book on women's health and human rights . I have also been working in academia for several years and have been working with the United Nations and NGOs on women's health and global health issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.