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Why Practice Prevention? Why Now?
Why practice prevention? Why now?

Prevention is better than cure.

—Desiderius Erasmus (n.d.)

Erasmus may have been a classical scholar during the Reformation, more than 500 years ago, but he shared a bit of wisdom during this period—that it is better to prevent illness than to cure it—that is now beginning to take a much stronger hold, especially in the helping professions. A movement from a focus on curing illness after it has begun to actually preventing it before it emerges is underway in the United States. One indicator of this shift was the release of the National Prevention Strategy (National Prevention Council, 2011) on June 16, 2011, by members of the Obama administration, led by members of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, ...

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