Greetings Health Equity Champions –
I want to thank you for your tireless work to improve the health of all communities, eliminate health disparities, and advance health equity across our nation. As you may know, I am deeply devoted to examining and addressing the drivers of health inequities, and over the last several years I have been engaged in research to understand how policy and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes. I am pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University Press has now published my new book, The Political Determinants of Health, which presents a novel, non-partisan, multidisciplinary framework for addressing the systemic barriers that prevent the U.S. from becoming what it could be: the healthiest nation in the world.
The book debunks contemporary understandings of health inequities and illuminates the single greatest determinant in perpetuating and exacerbating these inequities. I hope it will be a game-changing resource, along with my first book 150 Years of ObamaCare, as we strive to move toward a more healthy, equitable, and inclusive society. The political determinants of health will be one of the signature priorities of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute moving forward.
I want to thank everyone who has been working overtime to advance health equity for all groups especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to those who have already endorsed the book, including Dr. David R. Williams at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who authored the foreword. I would like to invite you to take a look at the book’s website and if you would like to order your copy of the book you may do so through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Johns Hopkins University Press.
The Political Determinants of Health will set the stage to examine inequities through a new lens. Please help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, other social media, blogs and with anyone who cares about health equity and tackling the determinants of health. I hope this book will inspire everyone and help many in our country have a more complete understanding of the drivers of inequities and the strategies that can help us overcome them.
Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.