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Sara Bleich, PhD, joins VAL Health’s Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Bleich Adds Extensive Experience in Health Policy and Obesity Prevention and Control


GREENWICH, CT May 01, 2017 – VAL Health, LLC announced today the appointment Dr. Sara Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Bleich joins industry thought leaders including Dr. Kevin Volpp, Dr. David Asch, and Dr. George Loewenstein.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Bleich join our Scientific Advisory Board,” said Karen Sussman Horgan, Co-Founder and President of VAL Health. “Her expertise in obesity prevention and control and her background in health policy are great assets to support our efforts to drive health engagement and improve health and health care,” Horgan continued.

Dr. Bleich’s research bridges health policy and health services. Her work provides evidence to support policy alternatives for obesity prevention and control, particularly among populations at higher risk for obesity. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and American Journal of Public Health and has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

She is a recipient of the Most Outstanding Abstract award at the International Conference on Obesity in Sydney, Australia, an award for Best Research Manuscript in the journal Obesity, and an award for Excellence in Public Interest Communication from the Frank Conference. She was also appointed as a White House Fellow from 2015-2016 where she was a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. She holds degrees from Columbia (BA, Psychology) and Harvard (PhD, Health Policy).

“I look forward to contributing to VAL Health’s pioneering work, as the application of behavioral economics is the nudge that many people need to change their behavior and achieve healthier lifestyles,” remarked Dr. Bleich.

Learn more about Dr. Sara Bleich and VAL Health’s Scientific Advisory Board at


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