Keynotes

Keynote Conversation: How Health Promotion Can Help Ensure We Are Greater Than and Greater For The Sum of Us

Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee

New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Sum of Us  
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

Conference Chair, Sara Johnson will share a conversation with Heather McGhee in this unique keynote presentation. In her best-selling book, The Sum of Us, economist Ms. McGhee shares stories that illustrate how the zero-sum theory among whites has operated across the nation and in our public policies to block public support for the collective actions that benefit us all, from universal healthcare to living wages. Drained public pools, the housing crisis, the student debt crisis, and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities have a common root in racism but have costs for everyone. McGhee inspires readers with examples of how Americans have reached across racial lines to work together for the common good—and secure better lives for us all. In this keynote interview, Heather will discuss her book and the role health promotion professionals can play in challenging zero-sum thinking and advocating for policies that create an upward spiral of mutual benefit to create “Solidarity Dividends”.

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Eating Like the World Depends on It

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

President, The True Health Initiative
CEO, DietID, Inc.

The world of nutrition has long been roiled by fractious debate, legitimate and otherwise, regarding everything from methods of inquiry to public health messaging.  The simple reality of our time is that debates about diet for human health are increasingly moot as our options dwindle in tandem with rainforests, glaciers, biodiversity, and aquifers.  The impact of our prevailing diets on the planet is fast becoming the only thing that really matters.  There will be no point in debating diet for human health on a planet no longer hospitable to human habitation- and we are blithely, and blindly, blundering in that very direction.  Obligated to reconcile the exigencies of public and planetary health- as highlighted in the report of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health- our pseudoconfusion on the topic of “best diets” for health must yield to a new suite of questions.  What are the components making up the environmental footprint of our dietary patterns?  What is the best way to measure each?  Which matters most?  Can they be aggregated?  What are the confluences and conflicts between diet for optimal human health, and diet for minimal environmental impact?  This talk will explore these issues, and distill them into practical and actionable guidance.

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Activating Our Best Selves to Promote Equity & Justice

Laura Morgan Roberts, PhD

Laura Morgan Roberts, PhD

Professor of Practice, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
CEO and Founder, The Alignment Quest Enterprise

As the US continues to grapple with the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an overdue reckoning about the racism pandemic, organizations are increasingly aware that race is central to business and are strengthening their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. While DEI historically focuses on employee engagement and belonging, today’s challenges extend far beyond marginalization in the workplace. Nationally renowned organizational psychologist and author Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts will discuss how we can acknowledge decades of patterns of exclusion and disadvantage that have led to shocking disparities in health, wealth, and well-being; affirm the rights of Black workers and others who are marginalized to safety and personhood; and think critically about how leaders, managers, health promotion professionals, and team members can use their power to activate meaningful change. Together, we can look back, look around, and look forward to tap into the best of who we are individually and collectively on the journey to building a better world for us all.

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