TedX Talk Focuses on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention

What began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Today these TED talks cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. In Chicago, TEDx events run independently to help share ideas in communities.

In Fall 2020, Dean Wayne H. Giles was invited by Jessica Lederhausen (MPH ‘03), TEDxChicago Producer, to record a talk based on his role as a public health leader in Chicago. Given the crisis that the city and State of Illinois are facing due to COVID-19, Lederhausen thought Giles’ perspective would be well received by an audience looking for answers about the pandemic. “We were inspired by Dean Giles’ personal story, his relevant experiences and his passion and commitment to promoting prevention as the path to improve the health for all communities,” she says.Giles’ presentation focuses on what he calls “the real determinants of health” and provides examples for how communities can be transformed.

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