The United States’ project for Expo 2023 will focus on health and healing because:
• Many serious threats to personal and public health and wellness are global, from the obesity crisis to the spread of Zika, necessitating increased international collaboration in research, prevention, detection, and treatment. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would play a crucial role in fostering broader cooperation between and among public and private participants engaged in international health issues.
• Important innovations in how wellness and well-being are promoted are made every day by individuals, companies, and research centres around the world. Minnesota’s project is that Expo 2023 would accelerate the sharing of these innovations and other best practices on a global basis.
• Healthcare is the largest expense for many families and nations, estimated at 6 trillion US dollars globally by the OECD. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would provide an on-going forum – from 2018-2023 – to promote global information sharing on cost-effective best practices to ensure wellness and well-being for all.
• Minnesota is home to the United States’ top hospital – Mayo Clinic; the world’s largest health insurance company – United Health; the world’s largest medical device company – Medtronic; and one of the largest and most innovative human, animal, and ecological health research institutions in the world – the University of Minnesota. These leadership institutions reflect investments made by many generations of Minnesotans, both indigenous and immigrants, in private and public actions to promote personal and public health. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would provide concrete examples of long-term benefits of public and private investments in wellness and well-being.