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Discussion Series: Human Flourishing 2030

Imagine it’s 2030 and we live in a healthier world where healthcare learners, practitioners and patients are flourishing. What does that future look like, and what will it take to get there? We need your voice and participation to chart that future.

Clinical encounters play a role, but an increasingly interconnected world requires that we widen the lens to consider the big picture of what influences health and thriving. The KNN’s next discussion series will explore the impact, challenges and opportunities that different aspects of our ecosystem pose for the future of human flourishing. Four sessions will examine external influences, micro to macro, that shape and drive the vitality of healthcare students, professionals and broader society.

This series is presented by the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine through an investment from the Kern Family Trust and Kern Family Foundation.



Session 1: Human Flourishing in the Community
Online | January 25 | 4–5 pm CT

In this session, discover ways to elevate human flourishing among diverse community members. Exemplars of community flourishing in healthcare will offer lessons and strategies for enhancing wellness and health in your community.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss how flourishing can provide a framework for improving community health in ways that go beyond direct patient care.

  • Identify strategies within healthcare education and practice that elevate human flourishing among diverse local community members.

  • Explore how human-centered design approaches can be used to create systematic change that promotes community wellness and flourishing.

Featured Speakers
  • Moderator | Larry Speck, MArch, FAIA
    Larry Speck is a leader in architecture and design. As former dean of the UT Austin School of Architecture and lead architect of the Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building, he designed a collaborative, inspirational space in an ecologically sensitive area. 

  • Sue Cox, MD 
    Dr. Sue Cox played an integral role in creating Dell Medical School in partnership with the community and with a mission to improve the community’s health through new care and learning models. She has previously served as executive vice dean of academics and interim senior associate dean of the Dell Medical School, helping to establish the foundation for the school and the incoming dean.

  • Zack Timmons, MD
    Dr. Zack Timmons is a former management consultant turned emergency medicine physician and entrepreneur with a passion for applying business principles to improve community health. He co-founded Good Apple, an Austin-based produce delivery company with a mission to end food waste and food insecurity.

Save the Date

The KNN’s ongoing discussion series examines external influences affecting the future of human flourishing in the next decade—from social determinants to planetary health. Check back frequently for more details and updates.

Human Flourishing 2030

Hold the date for the following Tuesdays at 4 pm CT: 

  • April 26, 2022
  • August 23, 2022
  • October 25, 2022




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