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Vital Directions from the National Academy of Medicine
October 25, 2016

Putting the Health of Communities and Populations First

Author Affiliations
  • 1George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC
  • 2Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • 3Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1649-1650. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14800

The poor US performance on key population health measures is a call to action that justifies bold strategies to direct resources toward improvements in support of population health. US investments in health care amount to nearly one-fifth of national expenditures. Yet the United States is less healthy than other countries with a comparable standard of living, with a comparatively lower life expectancy at birth and a comparatively higher infant mortality rate higher than all other industrialized nations.

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