Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett--an urban health expert and a city policy maker--argue that a "health in all policies," approach to rebuilding America's cities will improve health for all in The Hill.
In the wake of the failed effort to reform health care in the United States many are looking quickly to the next items on President Trump’s list of priorities. One topic that both sides of the aisle have discussed as a priority is a large-scale investment into infrastructure to fix our roads, pipes, bridges, transit, and electric grid. While this is often discussed as a way to improve lives and our economy, we believe that—if this is done carefully—it can transform health as well.
We know this because we’ve seen it done across the country and in our cities of Oklahoma City and New York City in our respective red and blue states.