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The Common Agenda — Goal 1

Safe and Healthy People

One generation from now, all people in the United States have access to adequate and nutritious food, affordable housing, and the environmental conditions for optimal health and well-being. All people have full access to a high-quality prevention-oriented health system that reduces rates of disease and minimizes costs.

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Environmental, Social and Economic Conditions Promote Health and Safety

Relevant federal, state and municipal policies and individual actions seek to ensure a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of all people. This includes sufficient food, clothing, housing, medical care, necessary social services and security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood. The public, health providers and policy makers understand the links between the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems. Stringent human and wildlife health-based standards, regulations, and economic incentives are in place for air, water, soil, and food quality, as well as for the built environment (housing, schools, parks, and roads). Materials and products are non-toxic. Conditions that impose undue stress on vulnerable people are identified, and targets and strategies are developed to ameliorate those conditions.


Food Production and Distribution Promote Health

Agriculture, livestock husbandry and fisheries depend minimally on fossil fuels. Efficient use of resources conserves soil and water. Healthy and accessible food free of pathogens and toxic residues is grown locally and regionally with sustainable agricultural methods, promoting crop diversity, a varied nutritious diet, and minimal environmental impacts from farm to table. People who work on farms or in fisheries enjoy healthy working conditions and full labor rights.


A Comprehensive Health System Emphasizes Primary Prevention and Health Promotion

All people have ready access to quality primary care, health education and promotion, environmental interventions, and needed social services. Economic incentives align with prevention-oriented health care, including a strong role for primary care providers, and resources and infrastructure for health education, environmental interventions and social services. Mechanisms of paying for care do not impede access to or quality of care.