This keynote will explore innovative approaches to improving health outcomes by addressing conditions that support healthy people and communities. The focus is on operationalizing the social determinants of health and well-being.


  1. Describe the links between health inequities and historic patterns of residential separation, segregation and isolation.
  2. Describe lessons learned from innovative community-based and national approaches to build bridges across geographic, cultural, racial, religious, gender and generational divides.
  3. Summarize evidence that supports links between civility efforts, reduction of toxic stress and the benefits of building consensus to support positive health policies.
Dr. Gail C. Christopher

Gail C. Christopher, PhD, DN

The Nitanu Center for Healing and Nature

Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award-winning change agent widely recognized for designing holistic strategies for social change. She is the former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and past Executive Director of The Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.