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What is prevention?

What is prevention? 


Prevention is a public health concept that simply means stopping a bad situation, an act of violence, or negative health outcome before it starts by addressing the root cause of the problem.

 
 

The best way to explain prevention is through a short story

 
 
 
 

Prevention is simply going upstream to fix a problem at its source, or root cause. People oftentimes confuse prevention with other types of action: intervention, awareness, and risk reduction. All of the strategies can be useful in different circumstances, but it is important to understand the differences between them.