Health and Wealth healthcare comic cover

Health and Wealth

A Graphic Guide to the US Healthcare System

The goal of this concise and engaging 32-page comic is to provide a baseline understanding of the healthcare system so people can feel a little less intimidated by its complexity and cruelty, and more empowered to advocate for themselves and those they care for. We hope Health and Wealth will generate discussions around healthcare and healthcare reform.

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Why Healthcare?

Healthcare is one of the most urgent issues of our day.  A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that healthcare costs top the list of household expenses the public worries about affording and that Americans consistently put health care costs at the top of their list when it comes to issues they want their elected leaders to address. 

An Educational Resource

To that end, The Center for Cartoon Studies will be sending all 535 members of Congress a copy of this comic book. We will also send copies to partner organizations that promote healthcare education like Physicians For A National Health Program and The Graphic Medicine International Collective, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to guide and support the use of comics in health.

Download the Health and Wealth Bonus Engagement Guide 
Includes a personal healthcare checklist, privilege check, activities, and more!

Health and Wealth comic panel

Health and Wealth comic page
Health and Wealth comic page
Health and Wealth comic page
A character from the Health and Wealth comic

Who made this comic?

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University are supporting this project. CCS director/co-founder and 2020-21 Radcliffe Fellow James Sturm is leading a team that includes scholars, healthcare professionals, cartoonist Kazimir Lee ’16, and Harvard and CCS students.

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