Apr 09, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
Clinton Health Matters Initiative

2017 Health Matters Summit

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative will bring together prominent national and community leaders to discuss our country's overall health at the sixth annual Health Matters Activation Summit. The Summit will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017, and Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.



4:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Health Matters Summit Registration
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Health Matters Opening Networking Reception
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM CST
Presentation of the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education


7:30 AM – 10:00 AM CST
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM CST
Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM CST
Welcome Remarks
9:10 AM – 9:25 AM CST
Impact and Partnership Announcements Series 1: CHMI Communities
9:25 AM – 10:10 AM CST
Opening Plenary  Community-Led Solutions to Health Care Access Gaps: Innovations in Health Improvement
10:10 AM – 10:25 AM CST
Impact and Partnership Announcement Series 2: Advances in Building Health Equity
10:25 AM – 11:00 AM CST
Plenary – Investing in Health Equity
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM CST
Impact and Partnership Announcement Series 3: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
11:25 AM – 12:10 PM CST
Closing Plenary – Catalyzing Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
12:10 PM – 12:25 PM CST
Closing Remarks
12:25 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Networking Lunch Reception


Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner, and administrator. He currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former secretary of Health for the state of Maryland. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research!America, the University of Maryland Medical System and, the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Drew Boshell

In his role as senior vice president of Sport and Health, Drew provides oversight and strategic planning for Special Olympics sport and health programming and research initiatives, ensuring high quality and inclusive opportunities for over five million Special Olympics athletes in 169 countries. Drew joined Special Olympics in 2012 as the senior director of Global Community Health Programs. In this role, he oversaw the implementation and expansion of the Healthy Communities initiative, reducing disparities in health care access and health status faced by people with intellectual disability. Under his leadership, the successful pilot resulted in the adoption of the inclusive health model into SOI’s Global Strategic Plan with significant funding secured to scale the model globally to 100 Special Olympics Programs by 2020.

Drew is a planning professional originally from Vancouver, Canada. After completing an internship as a community poverty reduction planner with the Canadian government in Vietnam, Drew worked for several years as country director of an international youth development NGO engaging international youth in community development and environmental projects in Mongolia, Namibia, and Malaysia. He continued his international work as director of the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital delivering eye care training programs throughout Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America delivering high-level surgical training programs for over 3,000 health care professionals and leading advocacy efforts for the prevention and treatment of preventable blindness to heads of state and relevant ministries as part of the World Health Organization’s VISION 2020: Right to Sight global initiative. Drew also founded and serves as board member for an education nonprofit called imagine1day, which has grown to benefit over 265,000 Ethiopians from 487 communities. During his 22 years working on international education, youth, and health projects, Drew has had the opportunity to work, live in, or travel to over 100 countries. 

Drew received a degree in biology from University of British Colombia and an honor’s and master’s degree in Planning from the University of Queensland. He also has completed an Executive Leadership Program at Emory University. Drew lives in Washington, DC with his family and in his spare time enjoys scuba diving, sailing, snowboarding, and playing volleyball (preferably all unified). He is an avid sports fan and has fond memories of attending the Olympics in Japan, World Cup in Rio, and of course the Special Olympics, Summer and Winter World Games.

Dr. Judith Feinberg

Dr. Feinberg is well known for her clinical research in HIV infection and for her expertise in designing and conducting multicenter treatment trials since 1986. Dr. Feinberg was one of the first staff members of the AIDS Program at NIH, from 1986-1990. Subsequently she served as co-principal investigator and principal investigator of the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group units at Johns Hopkins and then the University of Cincinnati from 1990-2015. Since 2005, when she recognized that opioid injection drug use had emerged in southwest Ohio, she has been increasingly focused on injection drug use and its infectious and medical complications, especially endocarditis, hepatitis C, HIV, and overdose. She is the co-founder and medical director of the Cincinnati Exchange Project, Ohio’s third syringe exchange program. Currently, she is professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and professor of Medicine at West Virginia University, where she is working hard to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Kim Janda

Dr. Kim Janda currently holds the rank of the Ely R. Callaway, Jr. chaired professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Immunology, and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute and is the director of the Worm Institute of Research and Medicine (WIRM) at The Scripps Research Institute. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957 and obtained a bachelor’s in clinical chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1980 and a doctorate in natural product total synthesis from the University of Arizona in 1984. Professor Janda is widely known for his efforts developing vaccines against substance abuse disorders and he has published over 525 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Janda is a Skaggs Scholar within the Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute. He also holds the position of associate editor of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry and PloS ONE.

Nick Macchione

With 30 years of experience in the leadership, management, and public policy of health, human services, and housing, Nick Macchione serves as San Diego County’s Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. Macchione leads a workforce of 6,200 county and 7,000 contracted employees with a $2 billion annual budget that helps 1.3 million people thrive. The Agency has earned numerous accolades for its innovative and sustainable solutions in improving the health, safety, and well-being for San Diegans. As the key architect and strategist of “Live Well San Diego”, the County is implementing a transformative, cross-sectoral, social movement for wellness. Since 2010, the County along with more than 270 diverse governments, schools, businesses, faith, and community partners have been achieving their collective Live Well vision, belief, and deeds of wellness for all throughout San Diego. Macchione holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and NYU where he specialized in leadership, management, and policy.

Dr. Dan W. Rahn

As chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Dr. Rahn leads Arkansas’ only health sciences university, which encompasses patient care, education, and research. Dr. Rahn is a nationally-recognized researcher, clinician, and experienced administrator. He was president of the Medical College of Georgia and senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia before coming to UAMS in 2009. He earned bachelor’s and medical degrees at Yale University, completing his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in rheumatology at Yale. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He is a member of the Association of Academic Health Centers and led its Health Workforce Shortages Advisory Committee. His work involves developing strategies to address a wide range of population health and health policy issues.

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D.

Dr. Rawson is a research professor at the University of Vermont and a professor emeritus in the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Rawson has a 40+ year career in the field of addiction research, teaching, and system development. He has an extensive research portfolio on a broad range of addiction-related topics. He co-founded a community nonprofit organization which has provided treatment for over 15,000 individuals over the past 30 years. He has worked with NIDA, SAMHSA, the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime on international substance abuse research and training projects for over 20 years. He has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Specific projects include leading the UNODC Treatnet Program, a Fogarty Training grant with Cairo University, a national drug use survey in Iraq, and the Vietnam HIV-Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Rawson has published six books, 40 book chapters, and over 240 professional papers, and annually conducts numerous workshops, paper presentations, and training sessions.

Kristine Rhodes

Kris Rhodes (enrolled Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and descendent of Fond du Lac Chippewa) earned a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Administration and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education both from the University of Minnesota. Her professional work has focused on improving the health of American Indian health communities always with a community-led focus. She has developed tribal and urban health programs, resources with a strong focus on evaluation, and research in order to develop an evidence base for what works in Native communities. She is currently the CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer burdens for American Indians. In this role, she has developed this organization from the ground up to develop the necessary capacity to address a broad spectrum of cancer issues among tribal communities.

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) and Global Policy Solutions LLC. The former director of Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Rockeymoore currently leads CGPS’s Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity program, an initiative that strengthens the skills and capacity of practitioners, community leaders, and policymakers to combat health disparities, promote equitable solutions, and build a culture that supports healthier people, families, and communities. Dr. Rockeymoore has presented and written extensively about health disparities, childhood obesity, health equity, health care reform, community-based approaches to health, HIV/AIDS, and Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare policy. She is the co-author of the “Action Strategies for Healthy Communities Toolkit” and “Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America”; and she has published articles in the “American Journal of Preventive Medicine” and the National Association of State Boards of Education’s “State Education Standard” among other publications. Dr. Rockeymoore serves on numerous health-related boards and advisory groups, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Salud America!, the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center Research Users Network Advisory Group, and the RWJF Environmental and Policy Working Group. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Dr. Rockeymoore contributed to the development of its seminal study panel report, “Strengthening Medicare’s Role in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.” Dr. Rockeymoore has served as vice president for Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, senior resident scholar for Health and Income Security at the National Urban League Policy Institute, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel, professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, and as the assistant to the director of the Marion County Health Department in Indianapolis. Dr. Rockeymoore earned her doctorate and master’s in political science with an emphasis in health policy from Purdue University.

Congressman Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz, M.D. represents California’s 36th Congressional District. His career has been dedicated to the health and well-being of his patients and constituents, and to solving problems for the people he serves. Dr. Ruiz serves on the distinguished House Energy and Commerce Committee, which plays a critical role in ensuring access to health care, continued economic growth, and investing in our nation’s renewable energy sector in the coming years. He is focused on delivering results for his constituents, eliminating health inequities, and ensuring our economy continues to provide opportunities for all. The son of farmworkers, Dr. Ruiz achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a physician through public education. He studied at UCLA and continued his education at Harvard University, where he earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a master’s degree in Public Health from the School of Public Health. Since being sworn into Congress in 2013, he has been fighting for pragmatic solutions to our nation’s pressing problems. He lives in La Quinta, California with his wife Monica and their twin girls, Sky and Sage. 

Dr. Leana Wen

Since taking the reins of America’s oldest health department in 2015, Dr. Leana Wen has been reimagining the role of local public health in Baltimore City, Maryland. Facing an unprecedented number of people dying from opioid overdose, Dr. Wen issued a blanket prescription for the opioid antidote, naloxone, to all 620,000 residents. In two years, this program has saved over 800 lives. Other transformative projects include a collective impact strategy that has reduced infant mortality by nearly 40 percent in seven years; an initiative to get every child glasses who needs them; and a program to engage returning citizens and hospitals in treating violence as a contagious disease. A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Wen was a Rhodes Scholar, Clinical Fellow at Harvard, consultant with the World Health Organization, and professor at George Washington University. She has been published over 100 articles including in The Lancet, JAMA, and Health Affairs. The author of When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, she has given six TEDx and TEDMED talks, and is regularly featured on National Public Radio, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2016, Dr. Wen was honored to be the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work, the Milton and Ruth Roemer Award.