Author’s Night: “Healthier: 50 Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health”
Where: The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
212-822-7200 Price: Free, registration required
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Health matters. A concern with our health and well-being crosses national, partisan, and ideological divides. In many ways, we are living in a world that is much healthier than at any previous time in human history. And yet, our health achievements leave much to be desired. Although life expectancy has increased overall, billions of people continue to die prematurely and substantial healthy life years are lost worldwide due to death or disability. Our collective health achievement is marred by tremendous gaps, with global life expectancy ranging from a high of 83 in Japan to a low of 47 in Malawi. The United States has worse metrics than nearly all other high-income countries even as the country spends far more on health than any other country worldwide. These successes, and failures, are all the remit of public health. Healthier is concerned with the social, cultural, economic, and political conditions that shape the health of populations. With the living conditions, educational status, safe water and sanitation, availability of nutrient-rich food, stable housing and shelter, violence and injury that generate health, that create social divides that become health divides. The book offers, provocatively, that we will continue to fall short on health achievement unless we tend to the challenges that characterize our shared context and seize the opportunities they represent for us to create a healthier world. Healthier was published by Oxford University Press in July 2017. Clifton Leaf, Editor-in-Chief of Fortune, has called it “The book everyone interested in health should read.” Julio Frenk, former Health Minister of Mexico, has called it “An intellectual feat.”Buy tickets/get more info now