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A decade ago, two National Academies reports — US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health and For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future–made important findings and recommendations regarding the nation’s health and the policies and investments that shape it. They also raised the alarm over the public’s limited knowledge that the nation’s unrivaled spending on health care is not matched by the level of health and length of life Americans experience. And the mismatch is worsening.
Although experts know what factors promote and support good health and longer lives, the nation falls short in implementing policies for or investing in those factors.
The symposium is not intended to be a scientific meeting, but rather, a focused, facilitated experience to inspire a new decade of strategic casemaking, movement organizing, practical research, and value-oriented investment.