Envolve Center Spring Forum

Social Determinants and HealthCare:
Strategies for Healthcare Organizations and Professionals

Nearly 200 people participated in the Envolve Center Spring Forum on May 3, 2017, either at the Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall or via live streaming, to learn about social determinants and their powerful impact on human health and every day existence. The event focused on potential strategies to address social determinants, particularly the importance of cross-sector collaboration to advance policy and healthcare system change.

Nancy Cambria, an award winning journalist, formerly with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, provided powerful and compelling remarks focused on children which highlighted the human dimensions of social determinants and offered potential solutions centered on early childhood development. Representatives from the healthcare industry, government, academia and community participated in a moderated panel and discussed how to advance health equity through cross-section collaboration. Mariel Beasley, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, offered insights on health decision making and how it is impacted by social factors.

keynote speaker

Nancy Cambria, Award-winning Journalist; former Reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Fellow, Center for Health Journalism, University of Southern California

Featured Speakers

Dan Ariely, PhD, James B. Duke Professor, Duke University; Founding Member, Center for
   Advanced Hindsight; Faculty Director, Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change
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

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.