Before coming to Georgetown this winter, Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, served for several years as the first assistant vice president of community health for MedStar Health, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 10 hospitals. His accomplishments included planning, launching, and managing a new corporate function designed to apply more rigor and evidence in community health planning, implementation, and evaluation.
“One of my interests is bridging the gap between the health care and the public health sectors,” says King. “Social determinants of health are strongly correlated with health status, and managing the care of populations requires us to think outside the walls of our institutions. We must consider how to more formally integrate social factors in how systems of care are organized and delivered. This shift in thinking is aligned with cura personalis, and it is critical for improving the health of the nation.”