New commission will look at non-medical ways to improve health of Americans

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:528
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 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 …

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