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Poll Explores Our Perception Of How Factors Large And Small Shape People’s Health
National Public Radio

We often think of health as a trip to the doctor or a prescription to treat or prevent diseases. Or maybe it’s an operation to fix something that’s gone wrong.

But a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals that Americans perceive health as being affected by a broad range of social and cultural factors.

Much of our series, What Shapes Health, explores how doctors and other health professionals pay little attention to early childhood experiences as a fundamental cause of health problems. We look at efforts to change this.