The Impact of Social Determinants of Health and Racial Disparities on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: A Virtual Fireside Chat with Conrod Kelly

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7:00pm— 8:00pm
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Philadelphia, PA
United States
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WHCMAA Mini-Summit Series

Did you miss this event? A recording is available for viewing here.

Please join us for a virtual fireside chat focused on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Our WHCMAA Vice President, Heather Aspras, will interview Conrod Kelly, an expert on Social Determinants of Health, about the intersection of racial disparities in healthcare and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  The talk will be followed by optional networking.

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Executive Director of Social Determinants and Population Health, Merck
Conrod Kelly is an award-winning marketer and industry leader, as well as a published author and sought-after speaker.  Conrod’s 11 years at Merck include commercial leadership of the Diabetes, Anesthesia, Surgery, and Alzheimer’s Franchises. He is currently serving as Merck’s first Executive Director of Social Determinants and Population Health, where he has developed an enterprise strategy leveraging the social determinants of health as a framework to make healthcare more equitable, improve patient and population health outcomes, and drive sustainable business and societal value.  Prior to joining Merck, Conrod held roles in sales and marketing at Johnson & Johnson (LifeScan) and GlaxoSmithKline (Vaccines).

Conrod is a highly regarded strategic thinker, creative problem solver, inclusive leader, and talent developer.  In 2020, Conrod was inducted into DTC Hall of Fame and recognized by Medical Marketing and Media as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Healthcare. His work on the documentary film A Touch of Sugar has collected 9 industry awards and is a finalist for 20 awards. Some of his other achievements include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Media Award and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at Georgetown University Top Black in Healthcare Award.

Conrod is an active voice for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it pertains to public and population health. He serves on the executive board of Big Brothers Big Sisters – Independence region, the Social Determinants of Health Taskforce and the Global Futures Council at the World Economic Forum, and the dNetwork Steering Committee at the Diatribe Foundation.
Conrod is also the author of STAGED! A Four Step Process to Stand Out in Your Personal and Professional Life and RESTAGED:  A Mental Model for Personal and Professional Growth.

Conrod holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science from Florida A & M University’s School of Business and Industry and has continued his executive education at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and Duke University.

Conrod resides in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife and two daughters.

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