VIDEO: Alex Briscoe on the Future of Public Health

Nov 5, 2012, 4:34 PM

Inspired by the 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently talked with a range of national thought leaders to discuss what’s needed—and what works—to achieve better health.

Today, we're featuring video interviews Alex Briscoe, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

In the first video, Briscoe talks about the connection between health, wealth, race and class. Briscoe says, "it's now harder to get out of poverty than in the history of our civilization." Watch the video:

Briscoe also talked about how we can shift the power dynamic that exists between consumer and physician. How can we empower patients to realize that they are their own best clinician? Briscoe shares his ideas:

Finally, Briscoe talks about "the trump card" in achieving better health outcomes: the resilience of communities and individuals. Watch the video:

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.