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Stephen Bezruchka  

Founder of the Population Health Forum; Lecturer at the University of Washington Department of Health Services; ER Physician

Stephen Bezruchka has worked as an emergency physician in the U.S. for 3 decades and spent ten years in Nepal. There he started a community health project a week’s walk from the road and set up a remote district hospital as a teaching hospital for Nepali doctors whose training he supervised.

Dr. Bezruchka considers how nations and parts of the world attain their health and mortality status. Even though health in the United States is now declining absolutely despite having been one of the healthiest nations 70 years ago, no attention is being paid to consider upstream causes which are mostly economic and political. Those most important are related to hierarchical structures and supporting early life. Social spending maters more than medical care in producing health. COVID-19 highlights this process.

He teaches, writes, and talks about population health issues and works to further a broader understanding of determinants of health. His research focuses on how to best create broader awareness.

His activist efforts include co-chairing the Economic Inequality Health Task Force of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, where he is also a member of the board of directors.

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