Health Policy

Health, Not Health Care: What’s The Difference?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Add to Calendar

This presentation will examine the assumptions underlying the United States’ $3.3 trillion annual health expenditures and explore why this huge investment fails to produce better health outcomes for Americans. Elena Marks, a Baker Institute nonresident fellow and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, will make the case that we have confused health care with health, leading us to assume that the more we invest in health care, the healthier we will be. Research shows that of the factors that determine health status — as measured by the quality and quantity of life — health care only accounts for 10 to 20 percent, yet we commit over 95 percent of our national health expenditures to health care. Marks will provide examples of how a redirection of dollars is taking shape and offer suggestions for accelerating this important system change.

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8:00 am — Breakfast
8:30 am — Presentation


Elena M. Marks, J.D., M.P.H., is a nonresident fellow in health policy at the Baker Institute as well as the president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a $1 billion foundation engaged in community health transformation in Texas. From 2004 through 2009, Marks served as the director of health and environmental policy for the City of Houston. Previously, she practiced trial and appellate law with major law firms; started and directed a successful legal placement business; and developed strategic, long-range and operating plans for service lines and system centers at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. Marks holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health.


James A. Baker III Hall

6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005


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