Investing in a Healthier America: The Role of Social Determinants

December 12, 2016

The financing of medical care is typically siloed from investments in housing, nutrition, criminal justice, and other social supports, even though all of these factors affect health outcomes and life expectancy. When allocating public dollars, policymakers need to know what investments can have the greatest impact on the health of individuals. This briefing examined the challenges of aligning or combining funding sources to achieve better health outcomes, how analysts can prove value in such ventures, and the role of health care professionals in caring for patients who have both medical and non-medical needs.

Lauren A. Taylor, Harvard Business School

David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation

Sameera Fazili, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Stuart Butler, The Brookings Institution

Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance for Health Reform moderated the discussion.

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The Alliance for Health Reform gratefully acknowledges the support of Ascension for this event.


Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Speaker Presentations

Lauren A. Taylor Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
David Fukuzawa Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Event Details

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

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