Patients chasing life; Doctors chasing disease: Two align? | Thea James | TEDxBeaconStreetSalon

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Dr. Thea James, an ER doctor, walks us through the social determinants of healthcare and well-being. As she eloquently puts it, “engagement is the lowest hanging fruit to a path of trust and transformation.” Her engagement has led to the realization that healthcare systems must partner with community organizations, grassroots-based organizations and the government to work on regulations that identify the root cause of lack of well-being and self-sufficiency within communities. She highlights an investment in affordable housing by the Boston Medical Center to address this lack of well-being, improve patient outcomes and reduce medical costs. Dr. Thea L. James is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Mission, and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at Boston Medical Center. Dr. James has chaired and served on national committees within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. She is a member of the Boston University School of Medicine Admissions Committee. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she presently serves as Chair of the Licensing Committee. Dr. James is the 2008 awardee of the David H. Mulligan Award for public service. Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. She is a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team, under the Department of Health and Human Services, which has responded to several disasters in the United States and across the globe. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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