8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address

The Time is Now: We Need to Address the Social Determinants of Health

The resurgence of the city of Detroit has been truly remarkable, economic development and new businesses launching at a frenzied pace. At the same time, Detroit remains “America’s Most Stressed City,” according to WalletHub’s annual study, which examines poverty rates and credit scores, divorce rates and family stress, safety and health issues. When it comes to health, research has shown that addressing social determinants including lack of transportation, food insecurity, unemployment and housing instability can often be more impactful for improving outcomes than medical care itself.


Anchor institutions like Henry Ford Health System, headquartered in Detroit, are uniquely positioned to lead that charge.


Key topics:

  • The critical and distinct role the healthcare industry should play in addressing social determinants of health

  • The importance of partnerships governed by a shared mission and a fierce dedication to collaborative and innovative approaches

  • The role of hospitals and health systems as anchors in community health


Wright Lassiter III

President and Chief Executive Officer

Henry Ford Health System

Wright Lassiter III is the president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $7.5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail and related health services consisting of more than 250 locations and 32,000 employees. Since his arrival at Henry Ford, he led the Board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue. The system has significantly increased its quality and financial performance, earning top honors in several publicly reported quality programs. With a major focus on collaboration, the system has inked major partnerships with a host of organizations. A seasoned health care executive, Wright has nearly 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.