David Erickson is the director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He says, "Your body is essentially the sum record of your challenges and responsibilities." (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)

David Erickson at The Washington Post’s Health Beyond Health Care forum June 18. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post)

“Too many Americans live in neighborhoods that have too few opportunities and too many challenges. And because of that, they’re aging faster, they’re developing chronic diseases more often and earlier, and it’s shortening their life spans.

“We have a whole system in place to pay for chronic disease, once it happens, but we don’t yet have a system to pay for preventing chronic disease before it happens.

“It’s actually a very simple concept: Your body is essentially the sum record of your challenges and your opportunities.”

-David Erickson, director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


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