On June 4, The Washington Post brought together key government officials, doctors and health experts to examine the impact of socioeconomic factors on state of health. Speakers discussed how various societal issues affect health and examine how local governments, nonprofits and the private sector are approaching these concerns.
  • Jun 5
Health in a Connected World
As people become more isolated and unhappy due to our pervasive digital culture, the link between mental well-being and physical health has never been more clear or important. World-renowned author and public figure Deepak Chopra examines the relationship between emotional and physical health and the impact of social media and other technology platforms on human health.
Highlights
When asked what advice he would give President Trump about his social media habits, Dr. Deepak Chopra said, ‘He’s beyond hope, so I have no advice.’ He went on to encourage young people, minorities and women to vote in the 2020 election.
  • Jun 4
Loneliness can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, research says. Dr. Deepak Chopra says that is because we live in a society where there is an emphasis on performance and misrepresentation of what success means, which can lead to stress.
  • Jun 4
Dr. Deepak Chopra says you should take a sabbatical from technology every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. “What good does it do for you to sacrifice yourself for a selfie?”
  • Jun 4
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As people become more isolated and unhappy due to our pervasive digital culture, the link between mental well-being and physical health has never been more clear or important. World-renowned author and public figure Deepak Chopra examines the relationship between emotional and physical health and the impact of social media and other technology platforms on human health.
  • Jun 4
Deepak Chopra, MD
Co Founder, the Chopra Center, Chopra Global
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and cofounder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the author of over 86 books translated into over 43 languages. His soon-to-released book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential, publishes this October 2019. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century." Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and hosts the #1 health and wellbeing podcasts Deepak Chopra's Infinite Potential and Daily Breath.
Interviewed by Jonathan Capehart
Opinion Columnist, The Washington Post
Zip Code vs. Disease Code
How does socioeconomic status impact human health? We’ll examine factors such as poverty, homelessness, housing, education, access to fresh produce and other environmental determinants and weigh the cost of investing in preventative medicine versus managing disease treatment later in life.
Highlights
The richest Americans live an average of 15 years longer than poorer Americans, but Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, the executive director of American Public Health Association said the solution to that disparity has to include the parts of your live outside the doctor’s office. ‘Eighty percent of what makes you healthy happens outside the doctor’s office.”
  • Jun 4
With extreme weather ravaging parts of the country in recent weeks, climate change has become one of the most pressing public health challenge, American Public Health Associated Executive Director Dr. Georges C. Benjamin said. Drexel University Research Professor Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika added that people who are the least powerful and the most vulnerable often can’t rebound from the effects of the extreme weather cause by climate change.
  • Jun 4
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How does socioeconomic status impact human health? We’ll examine factors such as poverty, homelessness, housing, education, access to fresh produce and other environmental determinants and weigh the cost of investing in preventative medicine versus managing disease treatment later in life.
  • Jun 4
Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD
Research Professor, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, joined the Dornsife School faculty as a Research Professor in the fall of 2015. She is Founder and Chair of the Council on Black Health (formerly the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN). The Council on Black Health (CBH) national office is hosted by the Department of Community Health and Prevention; CBH is a national network that seeks to have a significant impact on health in Black communities through collaboration, discovery, and innovation. In addition to her Drexel affiliation, Dr. Kumanyika retains an appointment as an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). She was the founding director of Penn's Master of Public Health program.
Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former secretary of Health for the state of Maryland. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research!America, the Truth Foundation and, the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Moderated by Martine Powers
Host, Post Reports Podcast, The Washington Post
Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Nutrition inequality and food insecurity are issues largely connected to income disparities. We’ll look at the barriers to healthy eating faced by many lower wage Americans and examine how access to healthy food options and economics are contributing to obesity, malnutrition, and the chronic disease epidemic in the U.S.
Highlights
Yael Lehmann, president and CEO of The Food Trust, says eliminating the stigma around the SNAP program is critical when working to increase access to healthy food options in underserved communities. Pinch & Plate Chef Eric Adjepong agreed, adding that community partnerships are also important when reaching out to those communities.
  • Jun 4
When asked about the effect of social media and reality TV on the public’s perception of food, Pinch & Plate Chef Eric Adjepong says food doesn’t need to look Instagram worthy to be good for you, it just needs to satiate you.
  • Jun 4
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Nutrition inequality and food insecurity are issues largely connected to income disparities. We’ll look at the barriers to healthy eating faced by many lower wage Americans and examine how access to healthy food options and economics are contributing to obesity, malnutrition, and the chronic disease epidemic in the U.S.
  • Jun 4
Eric Adjepong
Chef/Co-Owner, Pinch & Plate
Chef Eric Adjepong is the co-founder of Pinch & Plate alongside wife and decorator Janell Adjepong. He was a finalist on Season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef, where he earned consistent acclaim from judges and popularity among viewers. As a first-generation Ghanaian-American born and raised in New York City, Eric sources the flavors and influences in his cooking from many of the West African dishes he grew up eating. He is passionate about introducing diners to West African cuisine and the impact its diaspora has had on South American, Latin American, Caribbean, and American food, all in his elegant, artfully plated style. Prior to launching Pinch & Plate, Eric cooked in several Michelin-starred restaurants in New York after graduating with degrees in culinary arts and nutrition from Johnson & Wales, one of the country's premiere culinary universities. He also holds a Master of Public Health in International Public Health Nutrition from the University of Westminster in London.
Yael Lehmann
President and CEO, Food Trust
Yael Lehmann serves as President & CEO of The Food Trust, which strives to make healthy food available to all. The Food Trust’s work has been recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama and described by Time Magazine as being a “remarkable success” for increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools and reducing the number of students becoming overweight by 50%. The Food Trust and its partners Reinvestment Fund, Congressman Dwight Evans and others created a first-of its-kind healthy food retail initiative that was named a top innovation in American Government by Harvard University and has now been replicated throughout the United States. The Food Trust has been the recipient of many national and local awards including the Human Rights Award to a Nonprofit Organization from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for fostering intergroup harmony and cultural understanding among communities.
Moderated by Mary Beth Albright
Food Anchor, The Washington Post
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  • Jun 4
Bernard J. Tyson
Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of nearly $80 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to lead and set the expectation for delivering affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and the 68 million residents in its communities. Tyson serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and Salesforce. He is also chair of America’s Health Insurance Plans, chairman of the International Federation of Health Plans, and is a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health.
Moderated by Ceci Connolly
President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans
Ceci Connolly is president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), the trade association for nonprofit, community health plans. Connolly is a passionate advocate for a community-based approach to health care and a strong proponent of payer-provider collaboration. Formerly a national correspondent for The Washington Post and a leader at international consulting firm PwC, Connolly provides a comprehensive perspective on the American health care system from the everyday struggles of physicians and patients to the intricacies of health care politics. Coauthor of LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s Health Law and What it Means for Us All, Connolly has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Hill and Morning Consult, among others, and is a contributor on NPR, PBS and Fox. She is a founding member of Women of Impact for Healthcare, and a graduate of Boston College.
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