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How Hospitals Can Become ‘Upstreamists’
HealthLeaders Media

The health care system needs to do a better job identifying and addressing the social, environmental and economic conditions that play into the health of patient communities.

That was the message Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, delivered to a group of medical students at Tufts Medical Center in Boston this month. Manchanda is a nationally known advocate of health care that looks beyond the clinic and into the lives of the people it serves.

He is the medical director of a clinic for homeless veterans in Los Angeles and founder of Health Begins, a non-profit organization that offers training designed to “equip healthcare professionals to design successful upstream solutions to improve care at lower costs.”