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Medical News & Perspectives
April 16, 2008

Group Seeks to Improve Nonmedical Aspects of Health in the United States

JAMA. 2008;299(15):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1761

Because a number of factors outside the medical system have considerable effects on health, experts are working to identify nonmedical strategies to improve the well-being of those living in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a national, independent, and nonpartisan group called the Commission to Build a Healthier America to investigate how factors such as education, environment, income, and housing influence personal choices that affect health (http://www.commissiononhealth.org/).