Determinants of U.S. Population Health: Translating Research Into Future Policies

Date of Publication:

November 28, 2007

On November 28, 2007, Altarum hosted Dr. David A. Kindig and Dr. J. Michael McGinnis at an Altarum Policy Roundtable to share their knowledge of the determinants of population health and the policy implications of this knowledge.

Medical care is just one of the determinants that have been shown to shape our health prospects—and, for the population as a whole, it’s far from the major factor.

What are the other determinants? What have researchers learned about their relative importance and about interventions that can affect them in ways that improve population health? How should this knowledge factor into the policy, programmatic, and funding choices we make as a nation?