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Pritpal Tamber

Former Physician Editor of TEDMED and Co-Founder & CEO of Bridging Health & Community

Dr. Pritpal Tamber is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming how health care works with communities.

Dr. Tamber is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED’s dedicated health event. It was in that role that he became convinced that the potential in innovation in health was dwarfed by the size of the challenges.

Pritpal Tamber believes that at the heart of the problem is that our current approach to health – deploying technical solutions to bio-medical problems – is not only unsustainable but increasingly failing in a world of circumstance-related chronic conditions.

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

In response, he founded the Creating Health Collaborative, an international group of practitioners operating from a community’s understanding of its circumstances, rather than health care’s.

The Collaborative’s membership includes individuals from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, the California Endowment, FSG, HealthPartners, MIT, the Healthy Neighbourhoods Equity Fund, Good Food Markets, ISAIAH, Casa de Salud (NM), and the Democracy Collaborative.

From their work, he has gleaned 12 over-arching principles. Collectively, they outline an inclusive, participatory and responsive process. This process not only has the potential to transform how health care works with communities but also to foster the ‘agency’ of a community – its ability to make purposeful choices.

Agency underpins having a sense of control, a characteristic that is increasingly recognised as core to health. In fact, research has made clear that risk factors alone, whether personal, social or environmental, cannot fully explain why people are healthy or sick – the missing link is whether people have a sense of control.

With health care increasingly being asked to consider the social circumstances that impact on people’s health, whether it be through ‘population health’, the ‘social determinants’ or ‘value-based care’, Pritpal Tamber’s work shows how health care needs to change.

The Creating Health Collaborative is now part of Bridging Health & Community (BH&C). To read BH&C’s March 2018 report, Bringing Purpose to Community Engagement, click here

Dr. Pritpal Tamber is the former Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that produces ‘clinical pathways’ to improve the flow of patients through health care systems. He’s also the former Editorial Director for Medicine for BioMed Central, the company that disrupted academic publishing by making open access commercially sustainable. He started his career as an editor at 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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