Michael O’Donnell is CEO of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Institute. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of the American Journal of Health Promotion, founder of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and founder and chair emeritus of Health Promotion Advocates.
He has worked directly as a consultant with more than 150 employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations, insurance companies and health promotion providers to develop and refine health promotion programs, products, policies, and legislation and has served as an employee in leadership roles in four major health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, as well as serving as the Director of the Health Management Research Center and a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.
He has authored more than 200 articles, book chapters and columns and 6 books and workbooks, including Health Promotion in the Workplace, which has been in continuous publication since 1984 and translated into four languages. He has presented more than 300 keynote and workshop presentations on six continents, partially or fully owned 7 small businesses, served on boards and committees for 49 non-profit and for-profit organizations, and received 15 national awards. He conceived and authored legislation that was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that resulted in a production of the annual National Prevention Strategy. He earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior from a University of Michigan, an MBA in General Management and an MPH in Hospital Management, both from University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in psychobiology from Oberlin College. He attended high school and was later a Senior Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Yonsei University and Catholic University in Seoul Korea.
Creating Ecosystems that Inspire, Enable and Sustain Healthy Lifestyle
Spending on medical care has the potential to bankrupt the federal government of the United States in our children’s lifetime and create a disabling burden for state governments, employers and families. Part of the cause of this problem is the focus on treating people who are sick rather than preventing the 80% of diseases that are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Many nations face similar problems. This presentation describes a strategy to make a healthy lifestyle the norm among the population of entire states by creating ecosystems that inspire, enable and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Core principles include health equity, ubiquity, therapeutic dose, and mobilizing sustainable financial, social, policy and intellectual resources from new sources that benefit from providing them.
As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to do the following:
- List at least two problems caused by focusing on treatment rather than prevention of diseases.
- List at least two core principles of creating ecosystems that inspire, enable and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
- List at least two of the important elements of the mobilizing organization.
Ph.D., MBA, MPH