"If we are truly serious about addressing the health of America’s most
vulnerable populations, we can't limit ourselves to what happens in the
doctor’s office or the hospital, or even to health behaviors like smoking. We have to look at where health begins, and
how it gets shaped and evolves in the real world. Because if someone is homeless, or
experiences or repeatedly witnesses violence, or goes to a failing school, or
is chronically unemployed, in reality those are greater barriers to health than
not having health insurance or access to medical care."
"As a foundation, our heightened awareness of social
factors as key determinants of health has reframed our search for new solutions
and pathways to improving health. In
seeking ideas with the potential for big, positive change, we recognize the
need to look at health more broadly – to set aside the conventional silos that
put health here and education there and instead search out the connections
between health and education, housing, public safety, and employment."
"All of you in this
room have the potential to be strong advocates for making health matter as you
are on the front line of delivering care to the most vulnerable and marginalized
of populations and you know how lives can be transformed by your work."