November 13, 2012
Nov 13

Press Release: President Clinton announces launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative

New York, NY
Press Release

With GE, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Verizon, new initiative will engage individuals, communities, and businesses in promoting and improving health in the United States

Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation Conference to take place January 14th through 16th in La Quinta, California

New York, NY—Today, President Bill Clinton announced the launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), a new program of the William J. Clinton Foundation along with its supporting partners GE, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Verizon. CHMI is a national initiative, building on the Clinton Foundation’s work on global health and childhood obesity, that will work to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by developing and implementing a variety of evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies.  

Each partner will leverage their unique expertise to promote healthy lifestyles across generations. By working directly with individuals, communities, corporations, and national organizations to help them take action to contribute to the health of others, CHMI will advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas. CHMI will also activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing an online platform to connect people with local, scalable solutions led by healthy change agents.

“Our nation’s rising tide of preventable health problems is alarming because it is ruining the quality and length of life for millions, and driving up health care costs in a way that can’t be sustained,” said President Bill Clinton. “The Clinton Health Matters Initiative builds on my Foundation’s work to address global health crises and the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by engaging not only with individuals but also with the systems and places that affect individual health.”

"Tenet Healthcare is pleased to serve as the presenting sponsor of this year's Health Matters Conference," said Trevor Fetter, president and CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. "The conference will serve as a unique forum for innovation, idea-sharing and the development of partnerships to promote healthy living. Working with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative is a natural extension of the important work our hospitals do to strengthen the health and well-being of the communities we serve."

“We are proud to partner with the Clinton Foundation on this innovative and potentially life-changing initiative,” said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon’s health IT practice. “As the Foundation’s technology provider, we believe we can empower individuals to take better care of their health. We have barely scratched the surface on using technology to improve health and well-being and reduce medical costs.  Verizon intends to be at the heart of this transformation and our own Verizon Foundation is accelerating this transformation through national programs focused on deploying health IT in underserved communities.  Our goal is to reduce the impact of chronic conditions and health care disparities for those most affected.  Our work with the Clinton Foundation is just one more example of how we are bringing our vision to life.” 

The measurable health outcomes for communities working with CHMI include:

  • Improvement in key preventable disease measures and health and well-being indicators.
  • A reduction in health care costs associated with preventable disease in targeted communities.
  • A reduction in health disparities within the CHMI focus communities.
  • Increased investments and therefore positive economic impact of commitments made by individuals, corporations and organizations to contribute to the health and well-being of others.

To engage individuals, CHMI, GE, and Verizon have created an online platform to catalyze individuals to lead local wellness efforts in their communities []. This will harness individuals’ natural enthusiasm for healthy living by activating them to help others make healthy changes in their lives through local, scalable efforts. These efforts will include programs such as free exercise classes or walking groups in high poverty areas, the extension of farmers’ markets to local food deserts, and sponsorship of tobacco cessation support in high-needs areas.

CHMI will work intensively with communities, including the Coachella Valley, Greater Little Rock, and additional forthcoming communities, to close gaps in health disparities, and to improve well-being locally.  CHMI will serve as a convener of key local stakeholders, across sectors to implement a locally developed blueprint for action, based on each community’s unique health indicators.

Finally, CHMI invites corporations and NGOs to make pledges focused on instituting business practice changes or community investments that will improve the health of their workers and larger community, or to invest in community programs aimed at health and well-being.  This will create multi-faceted solutions to improve health outcomes and drive down healthcare costs.

CHMI builds on the success of the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation conference, held for the first time last January in the Coachella Valley. Tenet Healthcare Corporation will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 conference, which will convene national thought leaders to discuss ways in which individuals, communities, and corporations can contribute to the health of others. The conference will be CHMI’s anchor event, occurring each year just prior to The Humana Challenge PGA Tour Golf Tournament, this year on January 15th and 16th.

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