An important new commission targets root causes of health inequity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced recently that they will launch a “Commission to Build a Healthier America”, becoming the first national, consensus-seeking group to consider solutions outside the medical care system for improving Americans' health. A few questions that will be lead their discussions will be:

  • Why do poor and middle class Americans experience poorer health compared to those above them on the economic ladder?
  • Why can some people in America expect to die 20 years younger than others dependent upon where they live?
  • How do health disparities affect the country's productivity and global competitiveness?
  • Why is it that Americans have worse health outcomes than patients in other industrialized nations given how much we spend in health care?

The Foundation will release a comprehensive report detailing differences in health, how social factors contribute to these differences, and how they impact America's economic strength. Included will also be a public opinion survey highlighting Americans' views regarding health disparities and what factors they think most affect their health. We look forward to finding how it went!

*UPDATE*
The report has been made available here.
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