Politico Agenda: Healthcare's "upstream" conundrum
School of Public Health Assistant Professor Andrew Fenelon (Health Services Administration) is one of many healthcare experts consulted in an in-depth article about “upstream” spending--on housing, education, food and other social services--and its effect on healthcare costs. The article references Dr. Fenelon’s research plan “to integrate federal data on 40,000 households with biomarkers like blood pressure to come up with projections of how spending on housing is likely to affect long-term health and to do it within a few years rather than a few decades,” the article reads. "We usually rely on self-reported health," Dr. Fenelon is quoted as saying. "But biomarkers give us a way of validating the data with objective clinical measures."