Reconnecting medicine with public environmental health:
an Ecologic Framework
We wish to send along deep gratitude for your support as we work together to advance a holistic environmental health framework in law, science and policy. 2014 was a tremendously successful year for SEHN, none of which would have been possible without your partnership. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with you this year, as we strive to ensure that future generations inherit a livable planet.
I am delighted to announce that we just hired the effervescent and talented Kaitlin Butler as the SEHN program director. You can check out her bio here. Last fall our treasured associate director, Katie Silberman, took a new position at Brown University. The transition has been seamless thanks to both women’s deft grace and hard work.
In this month’s Networker, we focus on how the framing of a problem can impact what we do about it. Our own science director, Ted Schettler, writes about an ecologic framework and why it is a good starting point for revisiting the agendas of medicine and public health.
Today in the US we spend nearly 18% of GDP and far more per capita on medical care than any other nation. Yet, by most measures, we are less healthy. If we were to ramp up efforts to look seriously at the most common, costly, and complex diseases as systems problems, we would be more likely to find new and creative ways to reconnect medicine and public health and improve the health of the entire population. Interventions could also be designed to help restore the health of degraded ecosystems that also contribute to the origins of some of our most common diseases. That would be a real breakthrough.
Yours in good health,