Clinton Health Matters Initiative
2013 Clinton Health Matters Initiative Pledges
Pledges announced at the 2013 Health Matters conference total more than $100 million in investments in disease prevention and will positively impact more than 25 million people across the United States.
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) commits to help reduce childhood obesity by providing 5th graders with life-long energy balance skills that will help them manage their body weight. Rather than telling them what to do, the project, 5th Gear Kids, will teach them about energy balance; how to balance energy intake with energy expenditure. It will also help teach them how to be healthy consumers by providing access and discounts to healthy food and physical activity choices in the community.
Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai
The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai has provided comprehensive cardiovascular care and conducted biomedical research and advanced educational training of healthcare professionals in women’s heart health for nearly a decade. Their pledge to create a campaign for awareness, advocacy, prevention and change expands on the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center’s leading expertise in women’s heart disease treatment research. While previous work has focused on clinical and scientific efforts, this new initiative emphasizes and empowers women with the information they need to advocate for their own heart health.
BD and Direct Relief International
BD and Direct Relief International will support the work of over 2,300 community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) today and foster innovative approaches to reduce health disparities for tomorrow in two ways, each of which will improve access to care for medically underserved people across the United States. First, the pledge will address immediate resource needs related to diabetes through the deployment of medical supplies like the in-kind donation of at least 20 million insulin syringes. Second, the pledge will contribute towards sustainable change by developing a knowledge-base for future solutions.
BeneStream pledges to extend its assets to enroll 30,000 families in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that uses the same technology as their Medicaid or Child Health Plus program at no additional cost through the end of 2014. This translates to as much as $105 million in poverty alleviation (approximately an average $3,500 per family) to working families directed specifically at alleviating food insecurity and/or upward of $100 million in health insurance, which is roughly $3,000 per family.
Booz & Company
Booz & Company pledges to provide on-going advisory and consulting services to the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) to support development of initiatives to address pediatric asthma, hourly employee health and wellness, and other priority initiatives of CHMI. The emphasis of the pledge is on helping CHMI with analysis, frameworks and industry perspectives to define strategies to achieve and measure impact in the focus areas. Specifically, Booz & Company will support CHMI in proposing strategies to be executed in partnership with potential donors to reduce the prevalence of pediatric asthma in the U.S., to improve the health and wellness of hourly employees across industries and in other focus areas to be specified.
City of Coachella
The City of Coachella’s Pledge begins with incorporating a Health Element into its General Plan, which will act as the blueprint to plan and implement community wellness capital and programmatic activities needed to support residents’ and city workers’ health, well-being, and equity. The Health Element is expected to be adopted by June 2013, and programmatic and capital projects will commence subsequently thereafter for a period of twenty years.
The Cycle Effect
The Cycle Effect’s pledges to provide mountain biking as the outlet and activity for local youths to create lifelong patterns of healthy living. The Cycle Effect will expand a mountain biking program for young adults from low-income families. Going into 2013, The Cycle Effect will recruit forty Colorado high school students interested in participating in a competitive mountain biking team that embodies these same principles of healthy living, individual solutions for stress management, leadership, self-esteem building, and community engagement. Using mentored groups of three and four high school students, participants will have the encouragement to take on such a difficult yet rewarding endeavor. This will have direct results on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. By 2015 The Cycle Effect’s objective is to expand statewide with over 100 participants.
The Define Bottle
The Define Bottle’s young creator, Carter Kostler, is donating 400 bottles to the Health Matters conference attendees. The Define Bottle is a beautifully crafted glass and bamboo bottle for creating fresh fruit infused water to take on the go. Their goal is to have an alternative healthy way to hydrate without forcing people to grab a soda, artificially flavored water or juice when on the go. They have taken the idea behind fruit infused water pitchers and made it portable, not to mention stylish.
Desert Healthcare Foundation – Pledge 1
Following the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters conference in January 2012, the Desert Healthcare Foundation made a subsequent grant to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – a partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. The Desert Healthcare Foundation together with Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet contributed a grant to bring the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program to three districts in the Palm Springs area beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.
Desert Healthcare Foundation – Pledge 2
The Desert Healthcare Foundation is committed to matching a $200 Pledge made by Mayor Pougnet to raise $200,000 to support the Coachella Valley Blueprint for Action that will help to improve health outcomes for Coachella Valley residents.
DiscoverWell grants scholarships to Health and Wellbeing advocates and professionals to attend the Vail Living Well Summit, an interactive health, fitness and longevity experience. Twenty scholarships will be offered for the September 2013 Summit to individuals who are unable to afford the costs to attend, but who exhibit the passion for learning and teaching, and have the ability to take back what they have experienced to their spheres of influence. The Vail Living Well Summit is dedicated to cultivating personal awareness while combining intellectual exploration and physical activity to live better and live longer. The scholarship program measurements will track behavioral lifestyle changes in individuals as well as the influenced improvements made within their communities as they progress through the year.
Food, Faith & Family by Chef Ann Cooper
Food, Faith & Family will improve not only the number of home cooked meals, but will increase the awareness and use of local, seasonal whole foods and engage all family members in the process – planning, shopping, cooking and sharing the meal around the family table. Food, Faith & Family pledges to conduct two-hour monthly workshops for 12 months for family members of the Mile Hi Church of Denver, Colorado. They want to strengthen the structure and enhance the health of families.
Gary Mendell pledges to create the first national entity devoted to providing a coordinated and comprehensive response to the disease of addiction. There has never been a national organization devoted to addressing all aspects of drug and alcohol addiction – research, prevention, treatment, public policy, and behavior change. This new organization will include a public education campaign focused on risk factors and motivating parents to take appropriate action to protect their children as well as comprehensive parents’ resources with a certification guide for treatment programs and a center with an around the clock support online and over the phone. The goal of the new organization, whose name will be announced in the coming months, is to reduce the number of those addicted to drugs and alcohol by 50 percent in the next 15-25 years, thereby reducing the number of annual deaths by 50 percent and the annual costs by 40 percent.
GE pledges to develop a GE-hosted employer summit or similar event to position GE senior leadership as well as the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to challenge other Fortune 500 corporations to make a commitment to the health of their employees and the communities in which they work. Also, there are many communities across the country seeking to transform their health care delivery systems that could benefit from the tools, solutions, and lessons learned such as those GE has helped lead as an employer and as part of community efforts as in the Greater Cincinnati area. GE will convene national learning laboratories for similar efforts across the country to showcase, replicate and implement lessons learned in community health care transformation efforts. Further, GE will support the placement of a senior staff person in one community to serve as a co-convener and broker of community-wide health transformation with GE. Finally, GE will work with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to leverage appropriate consultation and resources to the other GE focus communities and will contribute to measurement and evaluation efforts for the initiative.
The Health Assessment Resource Center
The Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) pledges to provide the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) with a local data resource. HARC conducts a triennial randomized health assessment of the Coachella Valley. HARC pledges to provide this data to CHMI as needed, and to assist in interpretation of the data. Furthermore, HARC will provide data experts to CHMI to give presentations on the local data. HARC will also provide specialized data analysis of existing data for CHMI as needed.
HEI is pledging to implement a state-of the-art employee wellness program, which will include measurable goals, specific action steps and a specific date of measurement, to improve their associates’ health. They have already begun the nationwide rollout with an inspiring kick-off in 2012.
Hidden Harvest’s pledge utilizes its executive director’s background as a fifteen-year professional photojournalist to visually document some of the Coachella Valley’s most pressing health problems and the creative solutions currently in place to correct them (if they exist at this time). These mini “documentaries” will address specific local health issues, by interviewing local people and familiar local experts. Shooting began on the first of these in December 2012.
HumanaVitality® provides 1.6 million people with reputable tools, resources and incentives designed to help them make healthier choices. HumanaVitality pledges to bring the same techniques and education to nearly 812,000 Humana beneficiaries nationwide as of January 1, 2013. It’s a sophisticated, yet simple idea: lay out a customized, supported path to better health; and reward them for the healthier decisions like physical activity or healthier food choices.
The Kitchen Community
The Kitchen Community (TKC) pledges to create 180 Learning Gardens in schools across the U.S. in 2013 in an effort to decrease childhood obesity and strengthen communities. In 2013, TKC plans to expand on their current Learning Gardens in LA Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools, and Denver Public Schools while also expanding into new districts across the nation. TKC strives to work with schools in low-income communities.
World Class Chef and star of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” Lorena Garcia is fulfilling the pledge she made at the 2012 Health Matters conference by taking her passion for fresh, healthy and tasty recipes into thousands of school cafeterias across the country. Lorena Garcia has collaborated with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the leading national organization to eliminate childhood obesity, to create four healthy school lunch recipes available at no cost to schools in the U.S. Not only is she bringing her healthy recipes to schools, in 2013, she will serve as an official spokesperson for the Alliance and graciously donate all of her winnings, totaling $27,500 from her appearance on last season’s “Top Chef Masters.” By working together, the Alliance and Lorena have created kid-tested, school-friendly recipes that meet the Alliance’s strict nutritional criteria for school meals and meet or exceed USDA school meal guidelines. Lorena’s recipes will be available to any school cafeteria across the country.
Funds raised at Palm Springs Mayor Pougnet’s “Healthy Planet, Healthy You Race and Wellness Festival,” and matched by the Desert Healthcare Foundation, will support the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program for 26 schools in Palm Springs.
Overall, Mayor Pougnet has pledged to raise $200,000 to support the Coachella Valley Blueprint for Action that will help to improve health outcomes for Coachella Valley residents.
Over the next 5 years, MGR will work with its partners to provide MGR’s Health Empowerment initiatives to impact the lives of 100,000 individuals in a minimum of 10 cities across the United States. MGR’s youth empowerment model will enable youth to tackle issues in partnership with adults, ultimately changing their behaviors, the behaviors of their peers, and the policies that affect them on a daily basis.
New York Police Department
The NYPD pledges to implement a number of initiatives designed to address the growing health and safety problem of prescription drug abuse from the position of enforcement, deterrence, and education. The four main components of these initiatives are: the creation of a multi-agency Tactical Drug Diversion Task Force; a citywide awareness/education campaign; targeted pharmacy crimes reduction strategies; and enhanced intra-department training/issue awareness. In the area of law enforcement, the recent creation of an investigative unit specifically tasked with the targeted enforcement of prescription drug diversion will ensure that a group of dedicated investigators will be able to focus specifically on the illicit prescription drug market.
The Ornish Spectrum
The Ornish Spectrum will implement a Medicare-reimbursed program for reversing heart disease with lifestyle changes. It will be significantly scaled, and a sustainable new model of service delivery and payment improvements will be created using an innovative delivery model in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and homeless clinics and shelters. This commitment will train and certify physicians, nurses, yoga & meditation teachers, exercise physiologists, and clinical psychologists to provide this program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. These include nutrition, fitness, stress management techniques, and psychosocial support. These health professionals, in turn, will teach initially 10,000 new patients in the United States who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease and who are eligible for Medicare or insurance company reimbursement to reverse the progression of their heart disease.
The PGA Tour
The PGA TOUR pledges to support the placement of a Clinton Health Matters Initiative regional director in greater Jacksonville, Florida to facilitate regionally-based efforts across sectors to improve health outcomes and contain health care costs. The Jacksonville regional director will work with local governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, institutes of higher education, and individuals to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities by: synthesizing a set of unique community health indicators to determine areas of greatest need; convening key stakeholders from across sectors for an initial blueprinting process in which local priorities will be set; facilitating solutions across sectors to implement priority actions included in a local blueprint for action; and leveraging national, regional, and local resources that will help advance priority actions in the local blueprint for action.
Samueli Institute is making a pledge to develop a framework for self-care grounded in evidence-based, whole-person approaches to health promotion and healing, tailor the framework for use by individuals, community leaders, and health providers, and create and distribute digital and printed versions of the self-care model for use by the general public. More than one million people in the Coachella Valley and Little Rock metropolitan areas will be affected. Over 2.5 million people will have the opportunity to access the Optimal Healing Environment framework through Samueli Institute’s outreach efforts that will be conducted through traditional media, website placement, and social media over the next calendar year.
SoloHealth pledges to use its broad retail footprint to tackle tobacco usage through a tobacco cessation module within their kiosk. They will create a module within their award-wining SoloHealth Station that will shine a light on and refute these common, yet misguided reasons people have smoking tobacco. The module would ask a series of questions intended to determine how the quantity and frequency of tobacco use as well as reasons for continued usage. From the results, the user can see how much he/she spends annually to maintain their habits, as well as healthy alternatives. SoloHealth commits to build and distribute a tobacco cessation educational module via its nationwide network of SoloHealth Stations.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tenet pledges to advance the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s goals over the next year by encouraging healthy eating habits for their employees, patients, and those who visit Tenet’s hospitals. Tenet’s efforts will include developing comprehensive healthy eating vision statements and action plans for their hospitals; and working with their contracted food services vendors to achieve measurable progress in increasing their offerings of fruit and nutritionally-dense, minimally processed foods and reducing consumption of high-calorie snacks and beverages.
Verizon pledges to partner with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) to drive a co-branded public awareness and engagement strategy through CHMI to support the Verizon and NBC Universal Healthy mPact campaign; evaluate the technology needs of health care facilities and related organizations within the communities identified by CHMI for coordinated support and to contribute to community health IT makeovers; help identify relevant Verizon health care efforts and resources from wireless and enterprise business units, Verizon Foundation, retail outlets, and human resources and drive these efforts into CHMI that supports the program in meaningful ways; and provide the technology infrastructure to support the CHMI web portal that may include network connectivity, cloud storage, and application development.
Vinod Gupta pledges to support a prescription drug abuse strategy as part of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI). This strategy will align to the CHMI approach of addressing preventable health outcomes by simultaneously advancing scalable national and local level solutions. To that end, CHMI will focus on brokering agreements with key business sectors and professional organizations aimed at mitigating implementation barriers and implementing a universal prevention and education program for at-risk communities, particularly college and university students.
The Wasserman Media Group
The Wasserman Media Group pledges to provide the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with professional athletes and celebrity trainers that it represents for marketing and communication opportunities and events that are aimed at increasing the Alliance’s reach with key audiences for obesity prevention.