I’m as geeky as they come so I can’t even tell you how delighted I was to have the honor of interviewing 20+ brilliant researchers from all over the country (meet a few ^) that are working on projects to investigate health outcomes of interventions outside of the realm of traditional health care. We know health is more than meds and doctors — it’s impacted by social determinants: utilities policy, food security, education, housing quality, criminal justice, and more. These researchers, with grants from Evidence for Action - a @RWJF program, are taking a rigorous look of the health outcomes of programs that range from how to structure low income housing developments to food bank dissemination programs to state’s drought policies to homelessness interventions and so much more. After 2 days of interviews, my insight from was that much of the potential for better health for our communities lies in out-of-the-box yet simple and implementable shifts in thinking and resources. Some examples: + Where you live has the biggest impact on health, more so than any hereditary factors. + 1 in 3 patients in the United States enters the hospital malnourished and their hospital stays will be 3x longer with costs up to 3x higher. Imagine the consequences if we considered healthy food as medicine? + Weatherizing a home impacts health. Many families in lower socio-economic brackets live in homes that don’t have access to efficient heating and cooling and aren’t protected from environmental dangers, which means more sick days, emergency visits, and money spent on heating and electric bills (instead of healthy food, for instance). If you monetize the health-related savings of weatherization (insulation, roofing, etc.), it’s 2-3x the energy savings. Weatherization pays when it comes to improving our health (and our environment). More information about these researchers & their work at evidenceforaction.org
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