U.S. health expenditures have climbed dramatically over the past several decades. In 2021, they amounted to nearly 20% of the country’s GDP. In response, policymakers are increasingly looking to the non-medical drivers of health to reduce costs and improve health outcomes.
Non-medical drivers of health (NMDOH) — non-medical interventions that address needs like housing, nutrition and transportation — account for roughly 80% of health outcomes like obesity, infant and maternal mortality, and life expectancy. As U.S. health expenditures rise, investment by health system organizations in the non-medical drivers of health presents an opportunity to increase the value of the dollars spent on health.
The Texas Consortium for the Non-Medical Drivers of Health is pleased to present its first annual conference on Dec. 8 at the BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University. This conference will bring researchers, sponsors and funders together to cover a range of topics related to advancing the research, policy and practice of NMDOH in health care in Texas.
About the Texas Consortium for the Non-Medical Drivers of Health
The Texas Consortium for the Non-Medical Drivers of Health was founded by Elena Marks and Jacquie Klotz of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Drs. Trudy Krause and Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health’s Center for Health Care Data. Established through a grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation, the consortium brings stakeholders in the NMDOH space together to advance the field of practice through research, policy and practice.
The cost of admission is $100, with a 50% discount available to the first 50 students who register. Click here to register.
View the conference event page here.