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E4A at South by Southwest: Getting a Good Return on Our Health Investments

March 13, 2019

Evidence for Action grantees, Drs. Jennifer Otten, Atheendar Venkataramani, and Joanna Lombard, participated in an amazing South by Southwest panel discussion on Getting a Good Return on Our Health Investments led by deputy director, Dr. Erin Hagan.

Session Description:

If your financial portfolio continually yielded negative returns, you’d probably re-evaluate your options. This is what’s happening in our health system, but we’ve yet to change our approach. Spending more of the U.S.’s GDP on health care than any other country has not returned longer life expectancies or lower incidences of disease. We can upend this dynamic by investing in the circumstances at the root of many of society’s chronic health issues – lack of opportunities for meaningful employment, access to vibrant neighborhoods, food security, stable housing, high-quality education. The panel was composed of experts evaluating interventions designed to improve these conditions will discuss how we can apply what they’re learning to change the paradigm about what we expect from our investments in health.

Watch the Video Recording:

In addition to the panel, Dr. Hagan was also interviewed for the Medical Marketing & Media Podcast (MM&M Podcast) for their SXSW 2019 Takeouts series. Listen to the 10 minute clip.