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Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 18 books. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries and 30 US states. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Galea was named one of Time magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. He is a regular contributor to, and his work is regularly featured in, a range of public media.
Onie is Co-Founder of The Health Initiative, a campaign catalyzing a nationwide effort to spur a new conversation about – and increased investments in – health. A nationally recognized leader in the intersection of drivers of health, population health, and health care delivery, Onie founded Health Leads in 1996 to enable physicians and other healthcare providers and caregivers across the country to address the fundamental drivers of patients’ health, such as healthy food and safe housing. Health Leads has armed thousands of healthcare institutions with the tools, technology, analytics, and best practices to address their patients’ resource needs and to champion a healthcare system that address all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. Onie is a MacArthur “Genius” awardee, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. She has received the APHA Avedis Donabedian Quality Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation “Innovator in Health” Award; Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader Award; and Forbes’ Impact 30 Award for leading social entrepreneurs. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Perla is Co-Founder of The Health Initiative, a campaign catalyzing a nationwide effort to spur a new conversation about – and increased investments in – health. Perla previously served as President of Health Leads, which enables physicians and other healthcare providers across the country to address the fundamental drivers of patients’ health, such as healthy food and safe housing. Prior to this, he was part of the leadership team that established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he was responsible for developing the national learning system to test new ways to pay for and deliver care through the Affordable Care Act and oversaw the $1 Billion Partnership for Patients and the Million Hearts Campaign. Perla was a Merck Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and received the Impact Article of the Year Award from the National Association for Health Care Quality; the Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Creativity and Innovation; and the Deming Medal by the American Society for Quality. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with a joint appointment in Community Health and Quantitative Health Sciences. He received his Ed.D from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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