Beyond Health Care: Why We Get Sick and What To Do About It

Williams, David
Malcolm, Jan
Noor, Sahra
Jacobs, Lawrence R

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Beyond Health Care: Why We Get Sick and What To Do About It

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Where we live and work can be more significant to health and longevity than medical care. This helps explain the troubling picture of health in America. Why we spend more on health care but have the worst health in the industrialized world. Why the current generation of children may be sicker and live shorter lives than their parents. And why people of color age more rapidly and experience greater physiological decay than whites. Medical care is essential but improving the health of Americans depends on looking beyond medical care to equipping people to live healthier lives. Part of the answer lies with responsible personal choices but it also requires a broader community approach focused on education, income, housing, and neighborhoods. Renowned researcher David Williams will discuss the profound impact of personal and societal conditions and what we can do to improve the health of our communities. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including Jan Malcolm, U of M School of Public Health, Sahra Noor, CEO of People’s Center Health Services, and moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.

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Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

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Williams, David; Malcolm, Jan; Noor, Sahra; Jacobs, Lawrence R. (2017). Beyond Health Care: Why We Get Sick and What To Do About It. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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