I’m Sandro Galea, physician, epidemiologist, author and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Ask me anything about health, wellness, and global public health.
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I have been named an “epidemiology innovator” by Time and one of the “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters. After serving as a field physician for Doctors Without Borders where I witnessed case after case of preventable diseases and injuries first-hand, I realized our national understanding of what constitutes "being well" is wrong. Currently, we focus on the lifestyles we adopt to stay healthy, and the insurance plans and medicine we rely on when we're not. While all these things are important, they have not proven to be the difference between being healthy and unhealthy. I am here to discuss what we should really think about when we discuss health and wellness on an individual, national and global scale.
Ask me anything about:
- What is wellness?
- How should we think about wellness in our own lives and in our communities?
- What is the United States getting wrong about health, wellness, and healthcare? What could the government be doing differently? What could individuals do differently?
- Why people in the U.S., despite spending more on health than any other country, remain less healthy and live shorter lives than people in other rich nations.
- How current events such as gun law reform, immigration, environmental deregulation, the implications of tax reform, welfare and entitlement programs, intersect and impact health. How U.S. history, wealth, politics, and power contributes to today’s healthcare crisis.
I have held academic positions at Columbia University, University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. I am an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Previously, I was president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). I also discuss how health is tied to current conversations in Fortune Magazine.