“It’s the social divides that cause health divides.” Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, comes to this conclusion in his new book, Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health. Americans spend more money on health than people anywhere else in the world, yet they lead shorter, less healthy lives than citizens of other rich countries.

Galea's book is a call for a new framing of American health care, in which socioeconomic factors take on a larger role in the conversations about public health. While not obvious at first glance, Galea explains how the American fixation on medicine and symptom-focused health care misses the point—we should be preventing these medical issues in the first place.

Join us for a conversation on how socioeconomic factors ultimately decide who gets to be healthy and who does not, and how we can invest in structural changes to build a healthier America for the future.

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Sandro Galea
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health; Author, Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health; Twitter @sandrogalea
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In Conversation with Katie Hafner
Author, Journalist, New York Times Contributor