Universal Access to Health Promotion: A State-Wide Sustainable Strategy to Improve Health Equity, Reduce Medical Costs and Improve Quality of Life

Thursday, November 1, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: UMass Amherst Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the next event in the Dean's Symposia Series: "Universal Access to Health Promotion: A State-Wide Sustainable Strategy to Improve Health Equity, Reduce Medical Costs and Improve Quality of Life." The symposium will be held November 1, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm in the Student Union's Cape Cod Lounge, and will include keynote speaker Michael O’Donnell, CEO of the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute, and featured speakers Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness, David Buchanan, UMass Amherst Professor Emeritus of Community Health Education, and Claire Santarelli, Director of the Office of Health Promotion & Partnerships in the Division of Prevention & Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

A panel discussion will follow the presentations. Please RSVP to let us know you'll be joining us.

About Michael O’Donnell - PhD, MPH, MBA

Michael O’Donnell is CEO of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Institute. He is also founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of the American Journal of Health Promotion, founder and program chair of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and founder and chairman emeritus of Health Promotion Advocates.

He has worked directly as a consultant with more than 150 employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations, insurance companies and health promotion providers to develop and refine health promotion programs, products, policies, and legislation and has served as an employee in leadership roles in four major health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, as well as serving as the Director of the Health Management Research Center and a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.

He has authored more than 200 articles, book chapters and columns and 6 books and workbooks, including Health Promotion in the Workplace, which has been in continuous publication since 1984 and translated into four languages. He has presented more than 300 keynote and workshop presentations on six continents, partially or fully owned 7 small businesses, served on boards and committees for 49 non-profit and for-profit organizations, and received 15 national awards. He conceived and authored legislation that was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that resulted in production of the annual National Prevention Strategy. He earned a PhD in Health Behavior from University of Michigan, an MBA in General Management and an MPH in Hospital Management, both from University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in psychobiology from Oberlin College. He attended high school and was later a Senior Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor in Seoul Korea.


About Mari Ryan - MBA, MS

Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness, is an expert in worksite well-being. She leverages over 30 years of business experience in various marketing, consulting and executive roles across a variety of different industries. For the past decade, Ms. Ryan has been creating healthier businesses and impacting the lives of employees, through her consulting work and speaking on worksite well-being. Mari earned a Bachelor Degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College, and is a certified Worksite Wellness Consultant.  She is the founder and former Board Chair of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Advocates and Global Women 4 Wellbeing. Mari is an active member of the National Speakers Association. Mari is the author of The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Organizations Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.

Learn more about Mari and AdvancingWellness at www.advwellness.com.

 


About David Buchanan - DrPH, MPH

David Buchanan, DrPH, is a Professor Emeritus of Community Health Education, former Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, and former Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His primary research interests focus on examining and articulating the ethical foundations of public health interventions to improve population health and quality of life. He is particularly interested in the role of public health policies and programs in promoting justice and expanding human autonomy as pre-requisite to improving population health.

Dr. Buchanan is the author of more than 80 articles on empirical and ethical issues in public health and 3 books, including An Ethic for Health Promotion: Rethinking the sources of human well being and Research with High Risk Population: Balancing Science, Ethics & Law. He earned his Master’s degree and doctorate in public health at the University of California, Berkeley.

 


About Claire Santarelli - RD

Claire Santarelli is the Director of the Office of Health Promotion & Partnerships in the Division of Prevention & Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Claire spent the first ten years of her career in direct patient care before seeking the opportunity to have a broader population impact. Claire oversees implementation of health promoting policies in schools, early education, and worksites, as well as linkages between these settings, health systems, and the community. She is passionate about changing the conditions that impact people’s abilities to achieve their optimal well-being, and understands the critical role that structural racism plays in creating those conditions.

 

 

 


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