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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
shs@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
shs@oakland.edu

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Healthology Symposium

Mission: Where science, practice and social interests meet, the Healthology Symposium celebrates impactful collaborative approaches for addressing upstream social determinants of health in achieving better downstream care.  Our focus rotates annually among four departmental themes.

Vision: More than promoting quality health care, we envision a true health system of collaborative leadership and inter-professional pursuits — sharing goals, challenges, and solutions to promote the public good — growing healthy communities mind, body and "soil".

The goals of our Healthology Symposium are expressed in this video

Previous Events:  

2020

BETTER upstream Health, BETTER downstream Care:  Moving forward

Celebrating Human Movement Sciences

Keynote:  Under construction 

2019

BETTER upstream Health, BETTER downstream Care:  It takes a team

Celebrating Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Keynote:  Michael Laposata

Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. He developed an innovative method of systematically interpreting clinical laboratory data and eliminating guesswork by creating diagnostic medical teams, or DMTs. The teams are a collaborative approach, with pathologists, clinical laboratory scientists, expert physicians and others, designed to offer healthcare professionals assistance in selecting appropriate diagnostic tests and interpreting results for individual patients. Dr. Laposata spearheaded DMTs at several institutions, including Vanderbilt University, with data showing improved patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and reduced health care costs.

Dr. Laposata is the recipient of 14 major teaching prizes at Harvard, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 2016, in the international journal The Pathologist, he was identified as the most influential pathologist in the United States, and the third most influential pathologist in the world.

2018

BETTER upstream Health, BETTER downstream Care

Celebrating Public and Environmental Wellness

Keynote:  Rishi Manchanda

Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH, is founder and president of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that provides training, clinic redesign and technology to transform health care and the social determinants of health. Dr. Manchanda is a dual board-certified internist and pediatrician, a board member of the National Physicians Alliance, and a fellow in the California Health Care Foundation’s Healthcare Leadership program. He is the lead physician for homeless primary care at the VA in Los Angeles, where he has built clinics for high-utilizer homeless veterans with complex chronic disease.

Dr. Manchanda was the first director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at a large community health center network in south Los Angeles. In 2008, he started RxDemocracy, a nonpartisan coalition that has registered over 30,000 voters in doctors’ offices and hospitals nationwide. His 2013 book, “The Upstream Doctors,” introduces a new model of the health care workforce that includes clinical upstreamists who address social determinants of health. In 2014, Dr. Manchanda was recognized in The Atlantic magazine as one of 20 leading health care innovators in America.

2017

Healthy Pontiac, We Can!  An Interdisciplinary approach to Community Health

Celebrating Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Keynote:  Jennifer Lucarelli

Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D. is the community chairperson of the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition, which aims to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free living in the Pontiac community.  Since its formation in 2011, Healthy Pontiac has grown to include over 40 partnering organizations, has received state and federal grant funding to support nutrition and physical activity environment, policy, and program initiatives in a variety of settings.  Dr. Lucarelli employs both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and values the use of community-based participatory research in which community partners are involved in all aspects of the research study.  Dr. Lucarelli aims to translate findings into policies, programs, and environmental changes that will directly benefit the community.