Onelia Lage, MD
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Onelia G. Lage M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician with 25 years of academic medical experience. In her current position at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, she is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Humanities Health and Society; Assistant Strand Leader for Medicine and Society; Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Health for Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP; and Course Director of the Community Engaged Physician course. Her passion lies in helping the underserved and preparing the next generation of compassionate and ethical healthcare professionals.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
When we think about the issues of health and healthcare, we traditionally think about biological factors and the role of professions such as medicine and nursing. However, research now indicates the importance of non-biological factors affecting health. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its constitution, defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Yet, until recently, the “social” components were often overlooked. These “social determinants of health” as defined by the WHO are the circumstances in…