Year in Research Nominee for 2010
Improved access to health care is essential if we are to fill the striking gaps between how healthy Americans are and how healthy they could be. But access alone is not enough. Health and longevity are also profoundly influenced by where and how Americans live, learn, work, and play.
Recognizing this, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America has identified concrete, feasible actions outside of medical care that constitute an urgent agenda for improving America’s health. These recommendations require action at all levels of society to promote development and health in childhood, good nutrition, and communities conducive to good health.
This article calls on private-sector leaders, governments and individuals to look beyond the recent health insurance reform debate and help all Americans live healthier lives in the first place by creating healthier homes, schools, workplaces and communities.