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It Is All Our Lane: Bringing Values and Data to Bear on Creating a Healthier World


Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Dean, Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health


Moral Courage Keynote


Wellness Epidemiologist, Sandro Galea, studies the less obvious factors that impact health. As a Public Health expert, he points us beyond our understanding of Social Determinants of Health to observe Moral Determinants of Health - the acknowledgement that feelings such as love and hate can shape health just as greatly as one's environment can. He urges us that when we summon our moral courage to act with core values of compassion, acceptance, and love, we can ultimately shape a safe and healthy world. The session will challenge you to understand the values at the center of our strategies for how we can truly impact wellbeing.
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the Social Determinants of Health and the concepts of the Moral Determinants of Health
  • Learn how values such as compassion, acceptance, and love ground us to the purpose of our work in employee wellness
  • Understand how the Moral Determinants of Health frame wellness to hold a deeper strategic worth within your organization


This program is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEUs) through NWI and NCHEC, and pending approval for SHRM.

Keynote Biography: 

Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

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