Professor, University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine
Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Michigan’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine. An innovative teacher and researcher, in 1995 he founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research, studying the future of digitally-tailored health communications when fewer than 15% of Americans had internet access. He’s also an entrepreneur, founding HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2010. More recently, Strecher created Kumanu, a digital platform designed to help individuals and organizations live more purposefully. Strecher and the organizations he founded have won numerous national and international awards, including two Smithsonian Awards, the Health Evolution Partners Innovations in Healthcare Award, and the National Business Coalition on Health’s Mercury Award. In 2010, he won the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Innovator Award. In late 2017, Strecher was the Donald A. Dunstan Foundation’s “Thinker in Residence” in Adelaide, Australia, to develop a “Purpose Economy” of business, government and communities. Strecher’s latest neuroscience, behavioral and epidemiologic research; his two books, Life On Purpose and the graphic novel On Purpose; and Kumanu, are focused on the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life.