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Our Environment, Community, and Businesses All Impact Social Change

Posted by Deanna Singh | Nov 19, 2020 3:00:00 AM

I am so excited to share with you the conversation I had with Cristy Garcia-Thomas, the Chief External Affairs Officer at Advocate Aurora Healthcare, one of the top 10 largest healthcare systems in the United States. She is responsible for shaping the overall experience for patients, team members, and community partners in a broad and very strategic way. We talk about the relationship between diversity, equity, and inclusion on overall health, and how Advocate Aurora Healthcare is investing in their community and partnering with community groups in order to address the life expectancy gap. As Cristy says, “It takes a village,” and I’m sure you will enjoy hearing how AAH is investing in theirs.

Topics in this episode

  • Helping people live better lives
  • 80% of someone’s overall health is based on the environment in which they live
  • Factors that dictate your health
  • Creating equity around social determinants for health outcomes
  • Covid’s role in increasing awareness around healthcare inequalities
  • Developing a culture around inclusivity and it’s effect on turnover and improving the bottom line
  • The relationship between DEI and healthcare costs


Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh, Founder/Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant, is known for giving audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. She is a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, and champion for marginalized communities. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the author of two children’s books, I am a Boy of Color, and I am a Girl of Color and a business book, Purposeful Hustle.

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