New commission will look at non-medical ways to improve health of AmericansBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39507.496181.DB (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:528
- Bob Roehr
- 1Washington, DC
A new body whose aim is to improve the health of all Americans will focus on non-medical interventions. The Commission to Build a Healthier America, launched in February, is a two year project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the largest charities in the United States.
The national, independent, and non-partisan commission will look at how policies on education, housing, transportation, land use, and other matters affect health and will make recommendations.
“There is a big gap between how healthy we are and how healthy we could be,” said Mark McClellan, who co-chairs the commission. “In …