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Healthiest Nation in a Generation: What Will it Take?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
In the 2013 report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States ranked 26 of 34 member OECD countries based on life expectancy. The report discusses US life expectancy in 2011 as 78.7 years, which was below the average of 80.1 years for OECD countries and represents an increase in years but not in health ranking in the 1970s when US life expectancy was above the OECD average. While this major indicator of US health status is now near the bottom of OECD countries and below average, the United States has the highest share of health spending among all OECD countries. To explore what it will take for the United States to improve its health ranking and create the healthiest nation by 2030, this panel will discuss how US counties have implemented evidence-based interventions directed at improving health indicators, especially those indicators forming the basis of US county health rankings.
Session Objectives: Describe key health indicators used in the US county health rankings program.
Identify successes and challenges in implementing interventions to improve community health.
Discuss lessons learned from community interventions to address social determinants of health.
Identify three scientific and policy priorities for creating the healthiest nation in a generation.
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Organized by: APHA
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)