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Giving people a more meaningful voice in policymaking helps states that are struggling to make policy decisions about healthcare and the social determinants of health. Many state legislatures are either stuck in partisan gridlock or simply disconnected from the daily needs and goals of their constituents – particularly people who belong to communities that are politically marginalized and historically underserved. Legislators, staff, and residents often lack the information they need to make smart decisions, and so our healthcare, social service, and public health systems don’t benefit the people they are intended to serve.

But there is an even more fundamental benefit to supporting better engagement in health. Many studies have shown that improving our health is not just about getting better health care: a huge part of the challenge is strengthening our social networks and addressing the social determinants of health, like housing, poverty, and safety.

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