What Do The Data Say?
Healthcare Decisions Demand Evidence


Thanks to the ongoing support of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Academic Program and Practitioner Workshop (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 Do 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. Please review the Workshop's website for more details. A special thank you to the Graduate Program Co-chairs, Ellen Averett, PhD, MHSA, and Carla Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE, who led the development of this year's Workshop program. 



Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level, West Tower
(7:00 - 8:30AM Central Time)

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


Toronto, Ballroom Level, West Tower
(9:00 - 11:30AM Central Time)

The second half of the Workshop features a panel and a hands-on learning session. The panel includes two academics, a senior-level practitioner, and a graduate student. The panel will discuss the role of data, evidence-based decision-making contexts, challenges and implications of value-driven decision-making generally, and the implications for health equity specifically. The interactive session will allow the audience to co-create what students need to be competent in this area, where this curriculum content and competencies should be taught, and what teaching and assessment methods best align with the topics. Overall, attendees should leave with a better understanding of the need and importance of data for decision-making in health administration, an appreciation of the intended and unintended impact of data use and evidence-based decision-making on health administration, and be able to articulate strategies that can strengthen evidence-based decision-making, including prioritizing health equity.


Carla Jackie Sampson, PhD, MBA, FACHE
New York University

Christopher Boone, PhD, FACHE, FHIMSS

Michael Drew, Jr.
MHA Program
Loyola University Chicago


Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH
Xavier University


Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH
Indiana University


Ellen Averett, PhD, MHSA
University of Kansas Medical Center
Bankole "Banky" Olatosi, PhD, FACHE
University of South Carolina