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I was asked to discuss, here in Oslo, the greatest challenge that the world faces. I decided that the most serious and universal problem is the growing chasm between the richest and poorest people on Earth."
—Jimmy Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize

About us

Mission and Goals

The Population Health Forum's mission is to raise awareness and initiate dialogue about the ways in which political, economic, and social inequalities interact to affect the overall health status of our society. Our goals are to promote knowledge and advocate for action in service of a healthier society.


Originally launched at the University of Washington, the Population Health Forum is an organization of health activists that hosts forums, sponsors discussions and workshops, develops curriculum, teaches courses, and provides speakers to educate and encourage community involvement in population health.

Who We Are

A group of students, faculty, and staff at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, formed the Population Health Forum in 1997. We were concerned about the poor health status of people in the USA, compared to other rich countries, and the lack of Americans’ concern about this. The Forum membership has grown to include other Americans as well as people in other countries who want to draw attention to what makes a population healthy.

Contact Us

Population Health Forum
University of Washington
Box 357660
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

Stephen Bezruchka
Department of Health Services
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Washington
206-616-2901, fax 206-685-4184

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