Alumni Profile: Health is More than Healthcare

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Alumni Profile: Health is More than Healthcare

John Lumpkin tackles health from all sides

(Published in Northwestern Medicine Magazine)

The average American spends just 60 minutes a year receiving healthcare, says John Lumpkin, ’73 BMS, ’74 MD — not enough time to tackle the harmful effects of health inequities or resolve the chronic diseases that too often result from them.

“Health is more than healthcare,” said Lumpkin, the recipient of the 2020 Feinberg Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award. “Health happens where people live, where they work, where they recreate, where their life is spent — in their communities. We can work with those communities to help them be places that encourage health as opposed to put up barriers to health.”