Dexter Shurney, chief health equity, diversity, inclusion officer at Adventist Health and president of Blue Zones Well-Being Institute

Dr. Dexter Shurney is the senior vice-president and chief medical officer of Community Well-being and the Blue Zones Institute for Adventist Health, a faith-based, non-profit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. The Blue Zone Institute is a “Living Lab” to create, study and codify best practice, including a lifestyle medicine approach to care that can be replicated across regions and communities of greatest need. Previously, Dr. Shurney held the position of chief medical officer and senior vice-president, Clinical Affairs at Foodsmart by Zipongo, where he led a national food as medicine strategy employing telenutrition solutions to address poor nutrition and food insecurity. Dr. Shurney is the immediate past-president for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and continues to serve as board member and in a leadership role in ACLM’s work to address health disparities. Dr. Shurney is co-author of the book Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs, which is a how-to strategic guide for employers that wish to innovate their approach to chronic condition management.