Summary of What Americans Agree on When It Comes to Health

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According to an ancient Chinese doctor, Li Shizhen, “To cure disease is like waiting until one is thirsty before digging a well.” Health innovator Rebecca Onie has dedicated her career to resolving this paradox, which is entrenched in the US health care system. Her approach finds common ground on a deeply polarizing issue. Onie’s candid talk will resonate with physicians and patients and is a must for public administrators and health care executives.

About the Speaker

Rebecca Onie is a co-founder of Health Leads and the Health Initiative, two organizations that aim to revolutionize the delivery of health care in the United States.



Many social issues, including immigration, education, gun control and health care, polarize Americans, and finding a unifying path toward reform is difficult. But by viewing these issues through a fresh lens, the rift can close. For instance, although Americans don’t agree on health care, they are united on a deeper issue: health. 

Recognizing this unanimity, Health Leads enables physicians to ask their patients what they need to stay healthy – be it food, heating, electricity, and so on – and to prescribe those resources. A Massachusetts General Hospital study found that...

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