Keynote II: Social Determinants of Health
Recorded On: 10/14/2021
This session will provide an overview of social determinants of health. Dr. Gracia will discuss ways to use evidenced based policies to improve health and create health equity.
Amy Thompson, PhD, CHES® (Moderator)
SOPHE President Elect
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health, University of Toledo
Dr. Amy Thompson is the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo. Dr. Thompson is the former national president of Eta Sigma Gamma and completed two terms as the National Advocacy Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), where she was responsible for policy and resolution development and planning the annual SOPHE Advocacy Summit. She has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles and secured nearly $1.4 million in in grant funding.
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
President & CEO
Trust for America’s Health
Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization in Washington, DC that promotes optimal health for every person and community. Dr. Gracia is a national health equity leader with extensive leadership and management experience in federal government, the nonprofit sector, academia, and professional associations. As President and CEO, she leads TFAH’s work to advance sound public health policy, address the social determinants of health, advance health equity, and make health promotion and disease prevention a national priority.
Prior to joining TFAH, Dr. Gracia served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that capacity, she directed departmental policies and programs to end health disparities and advance health equity, provided executive leadership on administration priorities including the Affordable Care Act and My Brother’s Keeper, and pioneered innovative, multi-sectoral partnerships in the public and private sectors. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, emergency preparedness, environmental health and climate change, global health, and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to that role, she was appointed as a White House Fellow at HHS and worked in the Office of the First Lady on the development of the Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity.
Passionate about service and leadership development, she is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Dean’s Council at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Women of Impact, the Global NGO Executive Committee, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.