Wednesday, December 14, 2016
most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community
My awesome company, part of the change we need, in Fortune:
[H]ealth is affected by plenty of factors beyond insurance coverage and the way that medical providers treat patients. And that's why Trump's choices to lead other critical, if less high-profile, organizations like the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may also harbor consequences for Americans' wellness.
That's because access to basic social needs like heating, electricity, food, and medicine can play a significant role in health outcomes, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
The nonprofit group Health Leads—which screens patients for these very necessities and works to provide them with assistance through community organizations—teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital to assess how much these factors could affect health. The results were striking: of 1,774 patients who visited various Massachusetts General primary care facilities over about a year and a half and were found to have unmet social needs, 1,021 wound up participating in Health Leads' program—and these patients actually saw an improvement in both their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Like climate change, dealing with human heath is a bit more complicated than certain people realize. But is it really hard to understand that Americans might be healthier if they had access to shelter, food, transportation, etc?