2014 Annual Report
Español Informe Anual 2014
25 on 25
To celebrate 25 years of America’s Health Rankings, United Health Foundation asked notable leaders from public health, government, academic, business, technology and consumer arenas to provide their insights on significant achievements and challenges in America’s health over the past 25 years, as well as their aspirations and predictions for the next 25 years. Their reflections are shared in videos and written statements in a special section of the website.
Archive of 2014 Documents and Videos from 25 on 25
Kate Rubin: Introduction
Welcome. Enjoy these perspectives of leaders from the health, legislative, academic and consumer arenas as they discuss the last 25 years and look forward to the next 25 years.
Jonathan Fielding: Three steps to go forward
No, 25 years ago we didn’t think the earth was flat or that diseases were transmitted via an ill-defined miasma. But a lot was different, and many changes in health nationally and for individual states have been positive.
Steve Teutsch: Evidence-Based for all Practices
Use of evidence-based practices direct efforts toward public health and clinical programs and policies that are known to work.
Anna Schenck: The Chance of a lifetime
Twenty-five years is a generation – a time period in which many changes can occur. In America, we have seen a number of improvements in health status during the past generation . . . But these gains are not equally shared.
Bill Kohl: Physical Activity - a public health priority
Improvement in technology is tied to the trend of decreasing physical activity. Making physical activity a public health priority and finding ways to engineer it back into daily life will improve health outcomes around the world.
Carolyn Clancy: VA leads in treating diabetes
Diabetes affects about one million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration. The VA leads in developing best care practices for all aspects of diabetes.
Donna Shalala: Opportunities and challenges
What I dream of is a seamless health care system so that any patient, using any part of the health care system, will be well cared for at an affordable price.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin: Improving the Social Safety Net
The most important contribution in the next 25 years will be to show that improving the financial sustainability of the social safety net will improve public health.
Elliot Antman: Building A Knowledge Network
The American Heart Association is leading the way by building a knowledge network that will incorporate the power of the past with basic research with clinical research to provide the information necessary to improve cardiac health.
Esther Dyer: Training the next generation
In the past 50 years, the number of community health centers has grown to more than 1,200. Providing care primarily for disadvantaged and marginalized populations, the next steps includes training the next generation of primary care providers.
Francis Collins: Research for future health
Research has provided success in the last 25 years and will provide improved health to those with cancer, dementia, and infectious disease in the next 25 years.
Georges Benjamin: Partnerhips Work
As the director of the American Public Health Association, I am proud of the partnership we have with America’s Health Rankings. America’s Health Rankings captures data that allows us to take on public health challenges and reach our goals.
Harold Wimmer: Lung Health: More Work to Be Done
Over the past 25 years, we have seen remarkable progress in the battle to improve lung health. Air quality is dramatically improved, smoking rates are down and asthma mortality has been cut. But much work remains.
J. Dennis Hastert: Affordable care for seniors
Affordable medicine is key to quality care for seniors. Looking to the future of health care, seniors should be active participants in health care decisions.
James Madara: Electronic Health Records
Well-developed Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have the potential to help physicians deliver better care more efficiently, but “usability” is the key.
Jennifer Howse: Two steps for infants
Thanks to advances in neonatal medicine, improved access to regular prenatal care and lifestyle changes, like smoking cessation, the infant mortality rate in the United States has declined by more than one-third over the past 25 years.
John Hickenlooper: Striving for the top five
We really want to create a culture among governors that we are not going to settle for “B” quality. Each state should want to be number one in their region and in the top five in America.
John Seffrin: Cancer's Last Century
This could be cancer’s last century. Two out of three people survive cancer long term and the death rate has declined every year for the past 20 years.
Jonathan Fielding: Invest in all aspects of health
The major determinant of our health is not just our healthcare system, but many other aspects of our lives. We must invest across all aspects of health to have better health, including education and social supports.
Margaret Spellings: Medicare Part D & PEPFAR
Two diverse programs, Medicare Part D and PEPFAR, demonstrate the impact public health programs can have on lives both in the United States and in Africa.
Mike Osterholm: Can we maintain our success?
Across the globe, the successes in combating infectious disease has caused very large improvements in health and longevity. The challenge is if we can maintain this progress going forward.
Reed Tuckson: Time to Recommit
We have an opportunity as a nation to commit to public health and disease prevention. America’s Health Rankings provides platform for a public conversation about commitment to prevention of disease and promotion of health; the nation is listening.
Rhonda Randall: Senior Health
We are all committed to prevention for better health. However, a major challenge we face today is that over 50% of seniors have multiple chronic conditions.
Richard Gephardt: Better management of care
Looking forward, the best way to keep medicare costs down is to better manage chronic disease and begin to organize health care with people in mind.
Russell Bennett: Disparities today - Solutions tomorrow
Through an increased sense of owned and shared responsibility for a healthy lifestyle, utilization of new technologies and improved communications, disparities in health, access, utilization and outcomes can be reduced.
Tommy Thompson: Increasing access to care
America is a country of innovators, and we need to find a way to get more coverage to more people. We also need to find a way to get more individuals to go into the medical profession, especially in hard-to-serve areas.
William H Frist: Community transformation
Creating a “culture of health” in our own towns and cities is not only the most impactful thing we can do, it is potentially the most achievable because it does not require new technology, or congressional cooperation.
Wilson Compton: Drug Abuse Epidemic
In the last 20 years, we have seen a marked effect of prescription drugs in our communities. Most significant is the impact of the opioids, the pain killers.
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Measuring Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation: The Role of the Health Care Community
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