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Episode #166 Interview With Pierre Vigilance MD, MPH, Population Health Executive



Interview With Pierre Vigilance MD, MPH, Population Health Executive


Dr. Pierre Vigilance is a health executive with 20 years of experience from the non-profit, government, and academic sectors. His primary expertise is in public health operations management, community health strategies, the social determinants of health, and executive education. He is a systems-level thinker focused on improving health outcomes in underserved communities.


About Pierre Vigilance MD, MPH


Dr. Pierre Vigilance is a health executive with 20 years of experience from the non-profit, government, and academic sectors. His primary expertise is in public health operations management, community health strategies, the social determinants of health, and executive education. He is a systems-level thinker focused on improving health outcomes in underserved communities, and established HealthUp as a base for his advisory consulting and executive education work as well Junctional Thinking, his podcast and equity engagement platform.

He currently advises companies on program design, content development, and partnership building. His partners / clients range from healthcare providers and executive education platforms to smart-city architects, technology companies, and firms focused on social impact. Dr. Vigilance frequently deploys human-centered design tools to gain a user-centric perspective on the challenges faced by his clients and the people they serve.

As the George Washington University School of Public Health’s (GWSPH) first Associate Dean for Practice from 2013 to July 2019 he expanded the school’s practice portfolio exposing students to leadership, entrepreneurship, and design experiences and courses rarely seen in formal public health education. He values perpetual learning and continues to engage students as a teacher, mentor, and career advisor. His passion for dot-connecting and collaboration-building has helped create and maintain a robust and active multi-sector network. Former Health Commissioner for Washington, D.C., and health official in Baltimore City and Baltimore County he is well versed in public health and the need for more robust public: private partnerships.

Dr. Vigilance serves on several boards including Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, the Millennium Alliance, and Consensys Health. He is also an advisor to civic tech start-up Seam Social Labs, and the workplace creativity outfit, Innovators Box. He has served as a member of the Practice Committee for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH); Board member for the non-profit, DC SCORES; and is an alumnus of the National Association of City & County Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a personal health journey took him through obesity and pre-diabetes, he maintains a healthy weight and great blood test results with a balanced lifestyle consisting of hefty doses of burpees, veggies, meditation, music, and soccer. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.


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Dr. Vigilance's Career Advice For Public Health Students


Become a Junctional Thinker, that is:

1. Listen carefully to different sources

2. Learn from peers and professors

3. Lead without fear of falling (it's inevitable)

4. Practice patience

5. Partner well - build relationships > networks


Dr. Vigilance's Career Advice For Graduates


Similar to the above w/ tweaks:

1. Listen carefully to MORE sources than you typically do & do not just talk to PH people about PH

2. Learn from peers outside PH so you can understand where the opportunities are

3. Lead without fear of falling (it's inevitable)

4. Be patient as you retool yourself - loosen your grip.

5. Partner w/ the unusual suspects


Connect with Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH


Website: HealthUp


Twitter: @_Vi9ilance


LinkedIn: Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH



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