America accounts for nearly half of the world’s total health care expenditures yet rests at or near the very bottom of all developed nations in critical areas of health outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy. To effectively address our health challenges, communities must implement strategies that get to the fundamental causes of health and engage all stakeholders, including the individual, businesses, both large and small, healthcare providers, and nonprofit and governmental agencies.
Evidence has been mounting for decades that broad and complex environmental, cultural, and social dimensions of health actually account for more than 50% of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Those factors range from food insecurities and transportation policy to culture, context, and feelings of engagement and control. These social and environmental determinants are embedded within business and community, which creates new opportunities to approach the problem, drive results, and experience the shared values and gains that come from success.
Join us for the next Wellville Talk on May 22 from 12:00 – 1:30pm at the Spartanburg Public Libraries’ Headquarters in the Barrett Room. We’ll have a moderated community dialogue about The Equitable Equation: Making the Business, Health, and Community Connection for Health. Our panelists include:
- Gary Earl, Founder, Gary Earl Health, LLC
- Karen Fradua, Director, Community Health Improvement, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
- Jack McBride, Founder and CEO, Contec, Inc.
- Samantha Overton, Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator
- Charles Refshauge, Co-Founder, A-Line Interactive
- Carey Rothschild, Executive Director, AccessHealth Spartanburg
Bring your lunch and join us for a thought provoking conversation during the next Wellville Talk!