Taking place between April 5-11, 2021, National Public Health Week celebrates the importance of public health. This year, the week presents an opportunity to take a closer look at the particular challenges presented in the past year across the globe through a public health lens. In honor of this initiative, CMHC highlights the role of the cardiometabolic clinician in the promotion and support of population health and public health initiatives.
Currently, an estimated 47 million people in the United States are living with cardiometabolic disease and many more suffer from combinations of risk factors that predispose them to future illness. Rising rates of cardiometabolic disease as well as the high burden of disease – on population health and socioeconomic factors among others – there is a need to shift healthcare from a treatment-based approach to one that prioritizes prevention. Previously, cardiometabolic professionals have predominantly focused on improving survival rates in patients diagnosed with disease and ensuring the best possible health outcomes. Although this has greatly improved mortality rates, a treatment-based approach to care contributes to healthcare inefficiencies and inequities rather than optimizing public health.