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Pritpal Tamber

Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative

Pritpal S Tamber is an independent writer, researcher and consultant focussing on community health. His work examines the realities of bridging the health sector and communities. It is fuelled by the insight that health care is increasingly unsustainable because clinical science and practice fail to appreciate how people and communities define their health.

Pritpal writes a regular newsletter called Community & Health. It includes reviewing often-overlooked evidence, sharing the work of courageous community-oriented practitioners, and commenting on work described as ‘community health’ or the ‘social determinants of health’.

His work builds on several projects that he has founded and run since 2013, including the Creating Health Collaborative, a highly-curated meeting of community-oriented practitioners willing to share the realities of their health-related work, and Community Agency & Health, a two-day symposium in Oakland, CA, that explored how the health sector might work differently to better understand communities.

Listen to Pritpal Tamber’s podcast to learn more about him here

Through his work, Pritpal has learnt that health care’s inability to appreciate health as more than ‘the absence of disease’ has fuelled medicalisation, health care inflation and the rise of non-communicable chronic conditions. To help overcome this, he has discerned 12 practice-based principles for how to build a bridge between the health sector and communities.

For the health sector, the principles encourage its leaders to acknowledge people’s social contexts, something that is known to be responsible for up to 80% of health. For communities, the principles have the potential to foster their agency – their ability to influence their circumstances. This is known to be fundamental to health.

Pritpal’s speaking is on community health and encompasses the social determinants of health, value-based health care, and understanding health beyond the lens of health care.

Pritpal Tamber is a former physician, medical editor and medical publisher, and also the former Physician Editor of TEDMED. He began his career at The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal).

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Population Health vs Health Equity

Most organisations limit their definition of population health to ‘the outcomes experienced by a group of individuals’. By failing to embrace the full definition, which includes ‘the distribution of outcomes within the group’, they render their population health efforts inert before they even start. Truly embracing the full definition forces organisations to face their role in health equity. Dr Tamber shows how members of the Creating Health Collaborative are acknowledging their (often inadvertent) role in driving health inequity and how they’re changing what they do to truly embrace population health.

Reconceiving the Social Determinants

It is increasingly recognised that social factors and the environment contribute up to 70% to our health. However, health care is struggling to effectively translate these ‘social determinants’ into new pathways to help people be healthier. Dr Tamber shows how seeing social circumstances solely through a biological lens limits not only our ability to influence them but also our opportunity to reconceive the role of the health sector in society. The examples he’ll share illustrate a future for health care that goes beyond ‘community benefit’ and ‘corporate social responsibility’.

What Workplace Wellness Should Really Be

Employers worried about health care costs and absenteeism continue to embrace wellness programs that purport to reduce the likelihood of sickness. The evidence that they work is mixed, at best. Dr Tamber will illustrate why just trying to change health-related behaviour will always be limited given the day-to-day realities of people’s lives. He’ll share examples of how businesses – including those in the health sector – are embracing the idea that 70% of our health comes from social factors and the environment to change how they contribute to their employees’ health – from sickness-preventing organisations to health-creating ones.

The True Opportunity of Value-Based Health Care

The proponents of value-based health care describe it as the strategy that will fix the industry. But this inward-looking validation of the much-needed shift away from fee-for-service fails – and radically so – to understand the true opportunity in front of us. Dr. Tamber will illustrate how value-based health care offers us the opportunity to ask what health is for, and, based on the answers, reimagine health systems so that they return to being of service to the community. Doing so requires bringing in the communities the system purports to serve and enabling that process to challenge the unvoiced assumptions that define our current approach to health.

Partnering with Communities

As health care reimbursement shifts from fee-for-service to so-called ‘alternate payment models’, it’s seeking to partner – and sometimes share risk – with community-based organizations (CBOs). While logical, this shift runs the danger of seeing the value of CBOs solely through a bio-medical lens. Such an approach prevents us from understanding that many CBOs create other forms of value, such as trusting relationships and a sense of community. These things are essential to community health, even if they’re hard to measure through bio-medical lens. Dr. Tamber will share stories of how CBOs (and community residents) create and sustain their broad value, and why health care needs to learn to tread both carefully and intentionally when engaging them.

Fostering Agency to Improve Health

It has been understood for some time that risk factors alone – whether personal, social or environmental – cannot fully explain why someone is healthy or sick. The missing link is whether people have a sense of control over their lives, something that requires individuals and communities to have ‘agency’ – the ability to make purposeful choices. Through the work of the many innovators in his Creating Health Collaborative, Dr. Tamber has gleaned 12 Principles for how health systems can intentionally foster a community’s ‘agency’ so as to improve its health. Those same principles also act as a mirror to health care to ask whether it can more purposefully engage communities.

Dr. Tamber was excellent. Such an enjoyable person. Kind, smart, humble, funny…I can’t say enough good things about him. His talk was on point and very well received. He incorporated the right amount of humour while also delivering a direct message that we can’t just keep doing what we’ve been doing if we want anything to change in our communities; a message that this group needed to hear...Judging by the mob of people that he stuck around and patiently chatted with, I think everyone enjoyed him and his message. It definitely closed out the conference on a super high note. I can’t thank you enough for connecting us with him. Thank you for making us look good!


Pritpal outlines and contextualized a full day's agenda in ten minutes - with total clarity, laugh-out-loud humor and an inspiring sense of purpose. His remarks were a launch-pad that all 100 of us used to think new and bigger thoughts.

Harvard Divinity School

If you are looking for an inspirational speaker thinking out of the box about the future of healthcare, Pritpal will certainly not disappoint.

International Federation of Health Plans

Pritpal's talks on health innovation provide an accessible framework that is informed, thoughtful and truly unique.

Loeb & Loeb


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