Mary O'Connor • TEDxUStreetWomen
Promoting Health – Your Secret SuperPower
Why is adopting healthier behaviors so difficult for many of us? Health equity leader and orthopedic surgeon Mary O’Connor, MD, explores what contributes to our health and well-being as well as the power of community and emotional connection with others to support healthy change. She challenges us to recognize our responsibility and privilege to shape the health of those around us. It’s a powerful call for us to embrace our power as health promoters. #BeAHealthPromoter Dr. Mary O’Connor is a national leader for health equity, she chairs the multi-stakeholder coalition, Movement is Life. She is Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine and Emerita Professor of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic. She is co-founder and chief medical advisor of a new and innovative musculoskeletal company, VOYA Health, focused on transforming the delivery of patient-centered and value-driven care for all. A trailblazer for gender equity since college, Dr. O’Connor participated in the 1976 Yale Women’s Crew Title IX demonstration to secure equal facilities at the boathouse, heralded as the first stand for gender equity in college athletics. In the male dominated field of orthopedic surgery, she was the first woman member in many professional societies and often the first woman president. Dr. O’Connor has published innovative research in sex and gender differences in arthritis and regenerative medicine therapies. She has improved patient outcomes through care redesign and promoted diversity in the profession through leadership and mentorship.