Air date: September 19, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Patty Purpur de Vries, MS

Patty Purpur de Vries


In this session, Yale’s Brita Roy will unveil a new, literature based model called “Collective well-being” which can serve as a holistic measure of the overall “health” of a community. Patty Purpur de Vries will review Stanford’s “Well-being Framework” and we will compare these models and discuss how each offers actionable examples and opportunities for demonstrating how community characteristics effect well-being and how worksite wellness can play a role in improving community health. “Collective well-being” is a group-level construct measured across five domains: vitality, opportunity, connectedness, contribution, and inspiration. Related to these domains, professional development and resiliency building examples from Stanford will be featured. As always, we will poll our webinar audience to learn about current applications from the field that are advancing these concepts.

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and the Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine. Her scholarly work focuses on assessing the relative contribution of positive social and psychosocial factors (i.e., health assets) at the individual and community level to health outcomes and health disparities, as well as the interdependence of these determinants and interactions with the environment. Dr. Roy is also interested in the development of multi-disciplinary community-healthcare collaborations to support population health and well-being. Finally, Dr. Roy enjoys caring for patients and teaching medical students and residents as an academic hospitalist. Dr. Roy received a Bachelors in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, followed by a Masters in Engineering from Wayne State University. She then completed a combined MD/MPH at the University of Michigan before completing residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roy was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 2013-2015.

Patty Sue Purpur de Vries is the associate director of faculty and staff wellness at Stanford University. Born and raised in North Dakota, Patty earned a full-athletic track scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she was a 9-time NCAA All-American and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials. In 1992, Patty purchased $40 worth of business cards and began her career as a personal fitness trainer. By 2008, she grew her fitness & wellness company, TimeOut Services, to employ over 100 employees with annual revenues of over $5 million. In January, 2009, Patty sold all corporate fitness & wellness contracts, including those with Cisco, Yahoo! and Safeway, and the rights to her trademark Community BootCamp program to Plus One Holdings of New York (now Optum). Since 2013, Patty has been with Stanford; her previous roles included wellness manager of the HealthySteps wellness program for the 14,000+ non-physician employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, and the director of strategic projects for the Stanford WellMD Center. Patty holds an MS in health promotion management.


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