The Center for Jackson Hole recently announced a major revision of our mission: to advance and promote the importance of nature as a social determinant of health.
Advising us in our refined objective are three new advisory council members with deep experience in the intersection of public health and nature.
Dr. David Sabgir is the Founder and Board President of Walk With A Doc. He practices cardiology full-time for the Mount Carmel Health System and serves as their Medical Director for Cardiac Rehabilitation. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. His special areas of interest include Cardiovascular Imaging (CT & MRI), Congestive Heart Failure, General Cardiology, and Valvular Heart Disease. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Kristin and two children, Ally and Charlie.
Brenda Schmidt is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Aligned Value Exchange (AVALx), a mutual membership market exchange that aligns incentives across multiple payors and health plans enabling scaled investment in whole person care interventions, including those with long term return horizons, Brenda is also the CEO of Socialia Group, a consulting and advisory firm working with innovative organizations focused on transforming healthcare to drive value and social impact. She is also the Founder, Executive Chair and Director of Solera Health, which ignites behavior change through a personalized platform to help people holistically manage their health.
One of the country’s earliest and leading proponents of the health benefits of nature, Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, is currently System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System and a board trustee for The American Medical Association.
Chosen in 2003 as a White House Fellow with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Dr. Suk, as Special Advisor to Gale Norton, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, co-wrote a law review piece with Secretary Norton that investigated the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and participating in outdoor activities such as bicycling, hiking, and camping. In 2011, Dr. Suk’s activism in this matter contributed to the National Park Service’s adoption of a number of key values in its Centennial “Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.”
Improving the health outcomes of Americans is one of the most pressing socio-economic issues of our time. Nature represents a low-cost, low-risk solution that’s open 24/7, 365 days a year. Time outside is a clarion call in a world of too many screens, too much noise, and too little connection to that which conditioned our evolution in the first place. And by championing the importance of nature to health outcomes, we’re positioning ourselves to make implicit demands for its protection.
We are honored to have Dr. Sabgir, Ms. Schmidt and Dr. Suk help guide our efforts in the months and years to come.