Feb 06
February 6, 2014
Ginny Ehrlich

Ginny Ehrlich

Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

2014 Health Matters Conference Announces Expanded Efforts to Improve Health & Well-Being in the United States


In November 2012, we launched the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) with the goal of closing health disparity and inequity gaps across the country by creating partnerships of great purpose. In just a little over a year, we have been successful in building strategic partnerships with private companies, non-governmental organizations, philanthropy, and others committed to contributing to the health and wellness of others. In January, we hosted our third-annual Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation conference in La Quinta, California, where we convened CHMI’s strategic partners and hundreds of leaders from across sectors to discuss how we can work together to reduce preventable health outcomes across the United States.

Throughout the year, we build strategic partnerships that will equally distribute the opportunity for all people in the United States to be healthy by addressing the core contributors to health – healthy lifestyles, health care quality and access, socioeconomic development, and a healthy community environment. We work nationally to create scalable solutions to pressing issues, like prescription drug abuse. We work with a myriad of partners to leverage digital platforms of health innovation and communications. And we work at the community level to convene multi-sectoral partners to transform the health of a region.

2014 Health Matters Conference Highlights

In 2013, our strategic partners made $100 million in health investments impacting 50 million people, and already, 90% of these commitments to action are either completed or are under way. This makes it clear that when we work collectively with our partners, we have the power to make a difference and improve health across the United States. And this year at our Health Matters conference, we celebrated 30 new strategic partnerships, which will result in health and wellness investments worth $100 million and will impact 75 million people across the U.S. Partners such as The Jed Foundation, along with Facebook and MTV have committed to support the mental and emotional health needs of college students by helping identify the warning signs of suicide and raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Boys & Girls Club of America, and the Wasserman Foundation, have committed to improving healthy-out-of-school time, which will reach more than 4 million kids across the U.S. The Knight Foundation has awarded $5 million to partners that are able to leverage technology and digital innovations to help advance health and wellness.  Altogether, our partnerships will touch the lives of 1 in 6 Americans.

The success of this year’s conference is ultimately measured by its expanded reach through the digital space. The conference reached more than 30.7 million users across Facebook and Twitter and during the conference trended #1 on Twitter in the U.S. In addition to the hundreds of health care, technology, media, sports, education, business, and public policy leaders in attendance at the conference, the conference livestream has been viewed 72,500 times thus far.

Our annual Health Matters conference is designed to celebrate the power of partnership and spirit of innovation in hopes that all people across the country are inspired to do what they can to improve the health of the communities that they work and live in. We also see this event as a catalyst for action and know that our work just begins during the celebration. If we are really going to change the course of health status, we need everyone at the table 365 days a year to actively be a part of the solution.