Working to find actionable solutions to the nation's key challenges.

Project Background

Under the leadership of former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Donna Shalala, the BPC launched its Prevention Initiative in March 2011 with the goal of identifying opportunities for constructive engagement with the public and private sectors to reduce obesity and chronic disease and their associated health care costs. The initiative brings together key subject matter experts, policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaborative action and accelerate the uptake of promising prevention innovations.

Following a year of outreach to stakeholders and experts across sectors, the initiative released its report, Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, in June of 2012. The report’s recommendations focus on opportunities for collaborative, bipartisan action in four categories: healthy families, healthy schools, healthy workplaces, and healthy communities. The report also identified cross-cutting recommendations in the areas of: food and farm policy, public awareness and marketing, and information sharing and analysis.

Following the release of its report, the initiative has chosen to focus on implementing a short list of key recommendations including:

  • Developing healthy institutions, including the Department of Defense
  • Demonstrating the cost containment potential of prevention
  • Improving nutrition and physical activity training for health care professionals
  • Aligning federal agriculture and nutrition policy with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In a crowded and often surprisingly politicized field, the BPC’s initiative is a neutral voice, with the capacity to: convene experts and senior decision makers; facilitate cross-sector partnerships; identify and promote best practices; and produce reports synthesizing data on those interventions that hold the most promise for improving health outcomes and reducing costs.


The Prevention Initiative intern will provide administrative support, attend meetings, work with project staff on writing and research, event planning, monitoring news and congressional activity, blogging, and communications activities.


  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Efficient worker with ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strong interest in health policy issues and knowledge of health, public health and/or health care reform

The Prevention Initiative has a Registered Dietitian on staff and is able to precept a Dietetic Intern. Please make it clear in your application that you would like receive DI credit for your internship and provide your internship coordinator’s contact information.