Drivers of Health: Meeting the Health Needs of Communities


Monday, December 2, 2019, 12:30pm to 4:00pm


Harvard University, CGIS South Building, Tsai Auditorium 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

There is broad consensus that the U.S. spends too much on health care. Some feel that we would be better served by investing more on factors outside of the health system that affect health — so-called social determinants of health. However, we lack reliable evidence to indicate where and how much to invest.

As part of our Drivers of Health project, we have analyzed published evidence and consulted with experts to assess what is known about social determinants of health, and where new research is needed.

On December 2nd, we will be convening in Cambridge to share what we have learned, and provide a more nuanced picture of how various factors such as race, housing, education and gender identity affect the health of people especially in vulnerable communities. 

We are convening a diverse set of experts to reveal what major health needs are going unaddressed, and to explore solutions, asking questions such as: Can medical systems address these deeper social factors, and should they? Who else needs to be brought into this conversation, and has a responsibility to act to improve health equity? And what is the role of philanthropy in this process, as a major driver of research and advocate for evidence-based change? 

Join us for what we know will be a lively and insightful conversation about these pressing issues.