Opportunity for Health

The American Dream

Our country’s unique ideal is premised on economic opportunity—the idea that anyone can rise up in social class, regardless of their background. However, for many, in recent decades, the American Dream has faded away. For others, it was never a reality. Economic opportunity (or a lack thereof) can affect our lives in many ways. Our work examines how economic opportunity shapes our health. Our goal is to identify policies that can boost opportunity and improve health for all Americans.

Our Mission

Better Opportunity, Better Health.

We are dedicated to understanding how the American Dream affects America’s health, and identifying ways to help bolster both economic opportunity and health. Our research uses advanced statistical techniques and new data on economic opportunity—and the events and policies that shape it—to achieve these goals. The takeaway?

Better economic opportunity leads to better health. And better health can further boost economic opportunity.

We aim to work closely with researchers, policymakers, and leaders in industry to leverage our findings to improve the health of all Americans.