Sandro Galea

How health is threatened by hate

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About Sandro Galea

Physician and epidemiologist Sandro Galea has spent his career shaping and implementing research that improves health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable populations. His latest book, Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health, is a radical examination of the subtle and not-so-subtle factors that determine who gets to be healthy in America. Sandro is Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to his time at Boston University, he held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. His work widely acknowledges social and economic forces at the center of population health. Sandro has led several board organizations and currently serves as Board Chair of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Sandro is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine in addition to having received several lifetime achievement awards for his work.

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We all know that hate plays a demonic role in today's society, but did you know that hate directly impacts health? Wellness Epidemiologist, Sandro Galea, studies how hate, injustice, trauma, and bias impact human health. As a Public Health expert, he points us beyond our understanding of Social Determinants of Health to observe Moral Determinants of Health - the acknowledgement that feelings such as love and hate can shape health just as greatly as one's environment can. He urges us that - whether around race, immigration, socioeconomic status, gender norms or otherwise - when we act with compassion, acceptance, and love, we shape a safe and healthy world.

Sandro believes that “a world rooted in love embraces health as a public good.” Watch his 2020 TEDMED Talk "How health is threatened by hate" to learn how we can align with love to build a healthier world.

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