TED Talk and Book: The Upstream Doctors

The new TED Book "The Upstream Doctors," is available for download as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or from the iBookstore. Written by HealthBegins founder Rishi Manchanda, the book has an afterword by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health. Paul Farmer also wrote a compelling essay about why the The Upstream Doctors is compulsory reading for anyone interested in improving the health of vulnerable populations. Looking for something quicker? Watch Dr. Manchanda's TED Talk and learn how all of us - patients, providers, and public health advocates - can help fix healthcare by moving it upstream.

In the context of growing healthcare costs, ever increasing rates of obesity, diabetes and poverty-related diseases, would it make sense for our doctors and hospitals to work with communities to fix the leaks in our apartments causing mold or the neighborhood designs resulting in food deserts?

In the TED Book, Dr. Manchanda argues that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. And it might also be the key to turning our high-cost sick-care system into a high-value health-care system. Dr. Manchanda argues that it is a health care provider¹s obligation to treat not only the symptoms, but also the social and environmental conditions of everyday life that cause disease.

The book and TED Talk come at a great time for HealthBegins as we train and equip more 'Upstreamists' in the US and around the world. We hope you watch the TED Talk or read the book. We're excited to have you join an ever-inspiring and growing group of clinicians, health advocates, and innovators.

The book can be found at http://www.ted.com/pages/tedbooks. The Upstream Doctors is available on Kindle, Nook, or from the iBookstore. It can be purchased for US$1.99 each. Membership to TED Live comes with a free one-year subscription to TED Books‹allowing the texts to be delivered directly as they are published.


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