Envolve Center Spring Forum

Social Determinants and HealthCare:
Strategies for Healthcare Organizations and Professionals

Click here to view a recording of the event. 
The forum included a panel discussion which can be viewed through the recording. Slides for the three presentations, including the keynote, are provided below.

How can we better work together to address a complex challenge: the social determinants of health? This question was a resounding theme at the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change’s May 3 forum.

Social Determinants and Healthcare: Strategies for Organizations and Professionals focused on potential strategies to address the social determinants of health through cross-sector collaboration to advance policy and healthcare system change. The event featured a keynote speaker, distinguished panel, a presentation on health and behavioral economics, and welcoming and concluding remarks.

About 200 participants joined the event in person and by live stream, with audience members from a diverse set of sectors. In tandem with the event’s theme of cross-sector collaboration, many fields were represented, including leaders from the healthcare industry, state health plans, academia, practice, nonprofit, philanthropy, policymaking, community groups, and education.

Nancy Cambria, an award winning journalist formerly of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a Fellow from the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California, provided the event’s keynote. Cambria shared some of the key lessons she learned from reporting on families in Ferguson, MO, including how adverse childhood events – ACES -- and social factors can negatively influence health for a lifetime. In addition to sharing moving and visceral photos of families from her news coverage of Ferguson, Missouri in reaction to the Michael Brown shooting, she chronicled the story of “Destiny” and how she and other children live lives impacted by poverty and loss, but also exhibit resilience. Cambria concluded by sharing how community-based solutions, including prenatal and early childhood resources available in the St. Louis area, can help to address the many social and environmental challenges families and children face every day. Cambria encouraged the audience to remember that research shows even one positive social attachment can help vulnerable children – so reaching out to those around us is key.

Other speakers from the event included:
  • Mariel Beasley, MPP, Senior Applied Researcher, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University
  • Dan Cave, Chief Executive Officer, Envolve PeopleCare
  • Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD, MSW, MA, Professor, Brown School; Founding Director, Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change; Associate Director, Center for Social Development
  • Mark lwry, JD, MPP, Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, U.S. Treasury
  • Mary McKay, PhD, MSW, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
  • Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Brown School and For Sake of All Principal Investigator
  • Holden Thorp, PhD, Provost, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ken Yamaguchi, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Centene Corporation; Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University in St. Louis
See the Envolve Center’s Twitter account @EnvolveCenter for quotes from the event or view the full recording.

Click here for the Spring Forum Agenda.

Event Contact

Please contact Yancey Crawford at with any questions.

About the Envolve Center

The Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change™ is an industry-academic collaboration between the Brown School, Duke University, and Centene Corporation. The Envolve Center’s mission is to create, evaluate, and advance innovative ways of improving managed care delivery by translating public health and behavioral economics research into effective practices and programs for better health outcomes.