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Getting Healthy: Looking Beyond Health Care
Friday, May 15, 2009
Where we live, learn, work and play can have an enormous influence on our health and well being.
Yet millions of working men and women and their families face almost insurmountable barriers to better health on a daily basis.
Many of these hurdles can’t be cleared simply by choosing a healthy path. For example, many inner city and rural families have virtually no access to healthful foods. Many neighborhoods are unsafe for walking, let alone exercise. Children who do not receive high-quality services and education run a higher risk of becoming less healthy adults.
How much of Americans’ overall health is related to these non-health care factors? Which factors are most important for good health? What policy changes could provide more opportunities for people to make healthy choices? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America recently offered a series of recommendations for policymakers and the public laying out a roadmap for building healthier communities.
To discuss these recommendations and questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a May 15 briefing. An expert panel drawn from members and staff from the commission included: former Senator Bill Frist of Vanderbilt University, a member of the commission; Paula Braveman of the University of California at San Francisco, principal researcher for the commission’s work; and David Williams of the Harvard School of Public Health and staff director of the commission. Moderating were Robin Mockenhaupt of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ed Howard of the Alliance.
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
Robin Mockenhaupt, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Moderator
Senator Bill Frist, Vanderbilt University, Speaker
Paula Braveman, University of California, San Francisco, Speaker
David Williams, Harvard School of Public Health, Speaker
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|Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast|
Transcript: Getting Healthy: Looking Beyond Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 5/15/2009
Event Summary: Getting Healthy: Looking Beyond Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 5/15/2009
Full Webcast/Podcast: Getting Healthy: Looking Beyond Health Care
|The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.
David Williams Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/15/2009
Senator Frist Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/15/2009
Paula Braveman Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/15/2009
Robin Mockenhaupt Presentation (PowerPoint), 5/15/2009
(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)
Agenda (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 5/15/2009
Speaker Biographies (Word Document), , 5/15/2009
About the Commission to Build a Healthier America (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Commission to Build a Healthier America, 5/15/2009
We Can Do Better--Improving the Health of the American People (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The New England Journal of Medicine, 11/20/2007
In the Balance (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Washington Post, 4/8/2008
Ounces of Prevention -- The Public Policy Case for Taxes on Sugared Beverages (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The New England Journal of Medicine, 4/22/2009
Getting Healthy: Looking Beyond Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 5/15/2009
Selected Experts (Word Document), , 5/15/2009
|Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)|
Beyond Health Care: New Direction to a Healthier America Executive Summary, Commission to Build a Healthier America, 4/1/2009
Across America, Differences in How Long and How Well We Live (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Commission to Build a Healthier America, 4/1/2009
Reaching America's Health Potential: A State-by-State Look at Adult Health, Commission to Build a Healthier America, 5/1/2009
Access to Healthy Foods in Low-Income Neighborhoods: Opportunities for Public Policy (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, 11/1/2008
Overview of State, Local Funds in the Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 4/1/2009
Obama Proposes $1 Billion/Year Boost for Child Nutrition, Reuters, 2/26/2009
U.S. Sens. Harkin, Murkowski: Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Children's Health, IowaPolitics.com, 4/30/2009
Radical in the Lunch Line, The Washington Post, 5/6/2009
Schools Should Increase Exercise and Track Weight Data, Study Recommends, The Washington Post, 4/9/2009
Congress Plans Incentives for Healthy Habits, New York Times, 5/9/2009
Toll of Tobacco in the United States of America (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 1/1/2009
Alabama Strategic Program Will Work to Create a Healthier Black Belt/West Alabama (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Alabama Department of Public Health, 4/20/2009
Arkansas Leads U.S. in Halting Kids' Obesity, MSNBC.com, 8/16/2006
Arkansas to Flunk Obesity Report Cards, MSNBC.com, 2/5/2007
Five Year Evaluation: Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4/1/2009
Want Salad With That? Make it Fries, New York Times, 4/6/2009
Robin Mockenhaupt, chief of staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explained why the foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America was established, at the May 15 briefing cosponsored by the foundation. (9 min.)
David Williams of the Harvard School of Public Health describes how the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America focused on non-medical pathways to improving health. Dr. Williams was staff director of the commission. From the May 15 briefing cosponsored by Robert Wood Johnson. (10 min.)
Paula Braveman of the University of California at San Francisco discussed the strong relationship between education and health status at the May 15 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (13 min.)
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist discussed recommendations of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Heathier America at the May 15 briefing cosponsored by the foundation. Sen. Frist, a commission member, is now on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. (16 min.)
Toolkit on Connection Between Health and Housing
A new Alliance toolkit, “The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape,” provides a detailed look into federal, state and local initiatives, as well as cost implications for health and housing programs.
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