The opportunity to be healthy is not equally available everywhere or for everyone in our society because the major determinants of health (the physical, economic and social environments in which many people live) are not conducive to health. To address those determinants, public health must change how it does its work. Emanating from the Institute of Medicine definition of public health as what we do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy,” public health needs to learn how to not only treat people in the context of their environment but actually change the living conditions in which people live. This will require skills that most public health agencies lack. The Triple Aim of Health Equity has been developed to address that deficiency. The Triple Aim of Health Equity was developed around the theory of change that to change living conditions public health will need to organize the narrative about health, the resources needed to advance health equity, and the people who will advance a health equity agenda. In this webinar, Dr. Edward Ehlinger will discuss the Triple Aim of Health Equity and how it can be used to advance health equity and optimal health for all.
The webinar will take place Wednesday, June 7, at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern.
Featured Presenter: Dr. Edward Ehlinger is Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health. As commissioner, Dr. Ehlinger is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health – the state’s lead public health agency. Prior to his appointment as health commissioner by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in January of 2011, Dr. Ehlinger was director and chief health officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota.
From 1980 to 1995, Dr. Ehlinger served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department. He served in the National Health Service Corps from 1973 to 1975. Dr. Ehlinger is an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health.
Dr. Ehlinger is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has a master’s degree in public health and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow. He is and past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Minnesota Public Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, and the North Central College Health Association