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.


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...

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.

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