As policy-makers in Washington and across the country debate health reform, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is set to release recommendations for changes the country can make outside of health care to improve the health of all Americans. Commissioners will release a report in April that says there is more to good health than health care, finding that the country’s overall health will not improve until factors outside of the medical care system also are addressed.
On April 2, 2009, the Commission—led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., two American leaders who have guided national health care and fiscal policy—will release 10 recommendations for dramatic improvements in the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health. The recommendations call for changes in schools, at home, in communities and in the workplace. They are rooted in a twin philosophy: Good health requires individuals to make responsible personal choices as well as a societal commitment to remove the obstacles preventing too many Americans from making healthy decisions.
At the event on April 2, 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., at the Columbus Club in Union Station, Washington, D.C., commissioners will:
- discuss the recommendations;
- highlight successful programs from across the country that are enabling responsible choices and breaking down the barriers to good health; and
- answer questions about the steps we can all take—individuals, community groups, schools, employers, health care providers, governments and philanthropies—to improve the health of all Americans.
Interested in Attending the Event?
The Commission encourages all interested parties to attend the recommendations release on April 2. Register early as space is limited. To register click on link below that reads, Register for the Event.
To complement the program, the Commission will host online conversations about the recommendations via Twitter and the Commission's Leadership Blog.
Please contact Danielle DeForge at (202) 609-6011 or at email@example.com with any questions.
Over the last year, the 14-member national, independent, nonpartisan Commission has investigated how factors outside of the health care system affect health. The Commission found that where we live, learn, work and play has a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care. Commissioners believe that we can build a healthier America by broadening our view of what influences health and including leaders beyond health and health care in making changes to support better health.
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