Health is influenced by a variety of factors, many of which fall outside the health care delivery sector.
These determinants of health include the characteristics of where people live, work, learn, and play. Decision and policy making in areas such as transportation, housing, and education at different levels of government, as well as in the private sector, can have far-reaching impacts on health. There has been increasing dialogue on incorporating a health perspective in policies, programs, and projects outside the health field, including a 2011 IOM report
that calls for government and the private sector to adopt approaches that look for shared benefits.
On September 9, 2013, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop to foster cross-sectoral dialogue and to consider the opportunities for and barriers to improving the conditions for health in the course of achieving other sectors’ objectives, such as economic development and efficient public transit. This document summarizes the workshop.
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