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Adding years to life and life to years

This is a decisive moment in the history of human health. Over the last century, society has made incredible progress in extending life. But while life expectancy has increased, so has the amount of time spent in moderate to poor health. And significant inequities persist both across and within countries. It’s time to set a more ambitious aspiration. An aspiration for everyone on the planet to add years to their lives and life to their years.

Humanity mobilized against COVID-19 at a speed and scale previously unseen. While far from perfect, our successes should inspire us to challenge what we think is possible. At its best, our response to COVID-19 demonstrates that when resources and motivation coalesce, scientific breakthroughs, and large-scale behavior change are possible in very short periods of time.

The McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) is an enduring, non-profit-generating entity within the firm. It was founded on the conviction that, over the next decade, humanity could add as much as 45 billion extra years of higher-quality life (roughly six years per person on average—and substantially more in some countries and populations). MHI’s mission is to catalyze the actions needed across continents, sectors, and communities to realize this possibility.

Hear MHI leaders discuss the mission to add up to 45 billion extra years of higher-quality life, roughly six years per person on average.

What we do

Convene and enable leaders

Bring leaders together across governments, non-profits, for-profits, and academia to share learnings and take action

Advance research

Design, conduct, invest in, and share research in conjunction with an ecosystem of experts and partner institutions

Create and promote open-access data assets

Work with partners across countries and domains to gather, secure, integrate, enrich, and openly share useful data

Stimulate innovation

Catalyze and scale innovation through crowdsourcing, competition, investment, and transparency

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Living longer in better health: Six shifts needed for healthy aging

– As many individuals live well past retirement age, stakeholders are examining how interventions, data, and innovation can transform aging.
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Prioritizing brain health: Scaling what works to add years to life and life to years

– How many more years can be spent in optimal health if our society viewed mental and substance-use disorders as we do other conditions? The McKinsey Health Institute and the Healthy Brains Global Initiative collaboration sought to answer this question through a series of interactives.
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Present company included: Prioritizing mental health and well-being for all

– A McKinsey Health Institute survey across 15 countries highlights how employers can make mental health a reality, especially for... young workers.
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Addressing employee burnout: Are you solving the right problem?

– Employers have invested unprecedented resources in employee mental health and well-being. With burnout at all-time highs, leaders... wonder if they can make a difference. Our research suggests they can.
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Employee Mental Health and Well-being

Worldwide, up to one in four employees is experiencing symptoms of burnout, making them six times more likely to leave their jobs.
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Adding years to life and life to years

– At least six years of higher quality life for everyone is within reach.

Key shifts

Achieving 45 billion years of higher-quality life requires six key shifts:
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