Keynote Address

What We Need to Talk About when We Talk About Health

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

The conference keynote presentation will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend the conference. View the livestream here on October 5, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MST.

The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world because so much of our focus is on doctors and medicine, and what to do after we get sick. What if, instead, we focused on the factors that determine our ability to live healthy lives: the social, economic and environmental conditions around us? Dr. Sandro Galea is leading the charge to examine these conditions and the policies that shape them, as well as how these policies can work to create inequities in health. In his keynote address, Dr. Galea will discuss how we can take a leadership role in confronting and influencing the social, political and economic factors that affect the health of our communities.

Sandro Galea, a physician and an epidemiologist, 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. Dr Galea’s scholarship has been at the intersection of social and psychiatric epidemiology with a focus on the behavioral health consequences of trauma, including firearms. He has published more than 700 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 13 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Galea was named one of Time magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. He is 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 and the American Epidemiological Society. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for his research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a regular contributor to Fortune magazine and has published widely in the lay press, including the Wall Street JournalHarvard Business Review, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times. His research has been cited by these publications as well as BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.