#Social determinants of health is a mouthful, but the concept could be key to population #wellness

logoMore on former Denver Health DEO Patty Gabow Lown keynote from HLM. 

First, don’t expect Congress to save the system. Instead, Gabow proposed a to-do list for health systems that is heavy on improving the social determinants that affect health, but also places a high value on such ideas as a living wage for all employees.

Gabow said she made similar changes in Denver, delivered high quality care, and saved her system money. 

“You may wonder, after hearing that I spend 40 years at a healthcare institution, why I would pose a question like this: Can American healthcare deliver health? “she said.

“It is precisely because I spent 40 years at a safety-net institution that took fabulous care of patients. I saw every day that our patient had barriers to well- being and health.

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