What Does The Data Say?
Healthcare Decisions Demand Evidence


AUPHA is pleased to announce that Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2023 AUPHA Academic Program and Practitioner Workshop (APPW). Dr. Galea is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as an esteemed physician, epidemiologist, and author. In 2015, he became the youngest public health dean in the country, assuming leadership of the Boston University School of Public Health. Click here to learn more about Dr. Galea. 

Thanks to the ongoing support of American College of Healthcare Executives, the APPW will once again bring together leaders from practice and academe to exchange information and to discuss issues that are crucial in educating future healthcare leaders. The Workshop's theme is What Does The Data Say? Healthcare Decisions Demand Evidence, and it will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Planning for the remainder of the APPW, led by Graduate Program Co-chairs Ellen Averett, PhD, MHSA, and Carla Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE, is underway. Consult the AUPHA website next month for updates.



Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health


Data and Value-Informed Decision-Making for Health Equity


Decision-making rests on two very different inputs: data that can suggest the consequences of particular actions, and values that suggest which action may be preferable.  It is the role of the population health scientist to advance data and value-based arguments that can inform decision making, and it is the role of the decision maker to prioritize action accordingly. A clear perspective on the centrality of health equity as a value, and of the trade-offs inherent in such decision-making can be a key guide to effective decision-making in challenging times. This presentation will discuss how data, values, and decision-making intersect towards the end of creating a world without health gaps.

About Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the 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 extensively in peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences.

Dr. Galea currently serves as chair of the Boston Board of Health, is past 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. In addition, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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. Click here for more details