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Clinton Foundation to Focus on Employee Health in 2018Galesburg Register-Mail; January 10, 2018

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative of Knox County plans to kick off 2018 by seeing how the health of employees could be improved in the county. The initiative will roll out an employee wellness program in cooperation with the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce in the first quarter of the year.

Lecture in Little Rock features Clinton, Liberian; West African talks up women's roleArkansas Democrat-Gazette; December 5, 2017

It's time for Americans to again invest in the West African country of Liberia, former President Bill Clinton said Monday night at the Statehouse Convention Center during a lecture with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The Power of Working TogetherNational Geographic; November, 2017

In this week’s episode of The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, we explore what it means to hold power in societies around the world. Morgan Freeman interviews an African woman who has created a society free of men and explores how the rise of the internet may fundamentally change how democracy works. One special guest from the episode includes the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Bill Clinton visits health, science programs in St. LouisSaint Louis Post-Dispatch; November 1, 2017

Clinton stopped by three health and science programs in St. Louis that are connected to the Clinton Foundation... Gateway Elementary is part of the foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which has a goal of preventing childhood obesity and type II diabetes…After the school visit, Clinton toured a mobile grocery store in a converted city bus… Clinton also visited Girls Inc. in north St. Louis County, where the Clinton Foundation supports the Eureka! Program to offer science and technology education to girls in low-income areas.

Bill Clinton visits Northeast Florida to see how nonprofit health initiatives are workingThe Florida-Times Union; October 31, 2017

Former President Bill Clinton visited Jacksonville on Tuesday, going to Orange Park Medical Center to learn more about efforts to fight opioid abuse…He met with representatives from the Azalea Project, a local nonprofit that helps pregnant women who have addictions... Clinton then shifted focus to the topic of nutrition and hunger, touring the University of North Florida’s new Center for Nutrition and Food Security. Students at the university repackage unused food and send it to Northeast Florida AIDS Network and the Sulzbacher Center.

Former President Bill Clinton visits Johns Hopkins, urges action on opioid crisisThe Baltimore Sun; October 30, 2017

Former President Bill Clinton said in a speech Monday at the Johns Hopkins University that everyone can play a part in solving the killer opioid epidemic gripping the nation... The response so far has been lacking, said Clinton, citing the more than 64,000 overdose deaths logged nationally last year, including more than 2,000 in Maryland... Later Monday, Clinton attended an event in Dundalk’s Turner Station, taking part in a ribbon-cutting for outdoor signs at the Sollers Point Library playground. The signs encourage parents and caregivers to talk to children to build their vocabulary, and are part of a “Talking is Teaching” program supported by The Clinton Foundation.

'La Fuerza De Creer' Mini Series Gets Premiere Date On Univision, Latin Times; September 13, 2017

Univision has announced their brand new mini-series titled "La Fuerza De Creer," a collaboration with Too Small to Fail, an early childhood initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation. The series has the purpose of continuing its efforts in the Hispanic community about the importance of their young children’s early brain development.

Ex-U.S. Presidents Start Fund to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims, New York Times; September 7, 2017

The five living former United States presidents joined forces on Thursday to start a hurricane recovery effort to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas… The presidents have a history of coming together to help victims of natural disasters. President Bill Clinton teamed up with the man he defeated in the 1992 presidential election, George Bush, to raise money after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. President Barack Obama asked Mr. Clinton and George W. Bush to lead an effort to help Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund raised $54.4 million.

CARICOM seeking support for women, teenage girls and children, WIC News; July 25th, 2017

The Caribbean has a long association with the Clinton’s philanthropic endeavours… A campaign by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS was backed by Clinton’s foundation in 2004, which ultimately led to the lowering the price of antiretroviral drugs, and later access to pioneering generic drugs. Last September, speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative on combating teen pregnancy, cervical cancer and HIV in Caribbean females, Harris acknowledged the Clinton Foundation for playing “a significant role in accelerating the AIDS response in the Caribbean.” 

Clinton Foundation plans Pack the Track event, Galesburg Register-Mail; July 25th, 2017

The Knox County Clinton Health Matters Initiative is planning to host a Pack the Track event at Galesburg High School’s track and football field… The initiative hopes the event will teach residents how they can fit physical activity into their daily lives for free, as well as raise awareness of the amount of facilities that Knox County already has available for exercise.

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The Power of Microgrids in the Global Energy Transition, Rocky Mountain Institute; August 17, 2017

In nations big and small, a reliable electricity supply underpins the economy and is central to daily life in today’s world… Caribbean islands, including those that partner with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Islands Energy Program of Rocky Mountain Institute… exemplify isolated microgrids. For years, these grids have relied on diesel-based, centralized generation to supply electricity to residents and businesses. This is changing. Now, many isolated microgrids are leading the way in energy transitions to utilize energy efficiency and renewable energy at both utility and distributed scale.


To Nurture Compassionate Children, Start At Birth, Huffington Post; May 25, 2017


The data are clear, yet as a society we are not supporting parents and caregivers to be able to have the time with their children in order to help them build these skills…That’s why the Clinton Foundation’s and Opportunity Institute’s Too Small to Fail initiative focuses on the importance of talking, reading, and singing with babies to boost brain development and help build language, early literacy, math and social emotional skills. It provides free and easily accessible information… designed to help them better understand their children’s behavior, set limits with love and build all of the skills their children will need to carry them through school and life.


Making world better for women, from respect to ending macho violence, Thomson Reuters Foundation; March 8, 2017


"We know what gets measured gets managed. Tackling gender data gaps is crucial for ensuring every girl has every opportunity to lead a safe, healthy life full of opportunity. That's good for girls and boys too – we know what when girls are empowered, societies thrive. Through the Clinton Foundation's Full Participation Report, we learned that while girls and women have made significant strides, gaps in progress persist, in every country. We need to act on data and information that we know is accurate to know where to channel our energies and investments to close the gaps that exist as quickly as possible, for every girl everywhere and for our shared future."


Viewpoint: It's time to seek common ground rather than differences in politics, Austin Business Journal; February 19, 2017

Last week, sixty individuals, as diverse as could have been selected, joined together as the 2017 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars at our first module in D.C...As our communities continue to further divide and as we see a side of our country that is often hard to recognize, we must learn to work together and disagree with each other. The two are not mutually exclusive. We have to learn to celebrate compromise and empathy instead of division and anger.


Chelsea Clinton: How Small Steps Can Make a Big Difference, Mogul; February 3, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Rosie Rodriguez, director of Philanthropy at The Lower Eastside Girls Club and a founding member of the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 Network – our program to engage young professionals in our work and inspire them to take action in their own communities. We spoke at a Clinton Foundation Day of Action this week in service of our early childhood initiative, Too Small to Fail, which aims to help parents across the country turn everyday moments, like bedtime, mealtime or diaper time, into learning moments.


Six CGI U Alumni Names '30 Under 30', Medium; January 4, 2017

This week, Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list recognized some of the most ambitious and innovative young leaders who are making a positive difference in fields ranging from healthcare to renewable energy. We're proud to say that six CGI U alumni are featured as part of this year's class.


Howell Wechsler: How to Leave a Positive Imprint on Your Child's Health, Media Planet; December 31, 2016

While parents lay the foundation for their children's health, it takes everyone in the community - from teachers to business owners - to create environments where children truly thrive."


The Potential Victims of This Shameful Political Race Extend Far beyond America’s Shores, Huffington Post; October 27, 2016

There are tens of millions of people in the developing world whose lives have been directly touched and supported by public and private aid from America. No matter how long the dark shadow of this year’s presidential election is cast, it is important the good work done by successful and highly accountable groups such as the Clinton Foundation does not meet a sad demise. Too much has been accomplished to stop now. 


Donna Shalala: Improving Opportunity and Lives: The Clinton Foundation’s Impact Across the United States, Medium; October 4, 2016

The Clinton Foundation also works across the United States to improve health and wellness in our schools and communities, give parents the tools to stimulate brain development in early childhood, strengthen our economic competitiveness, provide opportunities to volunteer and give back, and continue President Clinton’s legacy through the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock. 


Derek Yach: How the Clinton Global Initiative Changed the World by Changing Corporate Philanthropy, TriplePundit; September 21, 2016

Few global platforms can claim to have the direct and indirect impact of the Clinton Global Initiative. As I and other leaders from the private sector depart CGI’s 12th and final Annual Meeting later this week, the important work and impact of our commitments will continue. Doing well by doing good – and valuing the integration of both business purpose and societal gains – is now an unstoppable force in best business practices and in modern philanthropy. 


As the Clinton Global Initiative opens its final annual meeting, Zainab Salbi lauds its vision, New York Times; September 19, 2016

Though I am saddened that this year marks CGI’s last Annual Meeting, I trust that the community it has built and the impact of their work will endure…Over the years, CGI’s event became the marketplace for innovative solutions, for meeting inspiring people who are making real difference, and hammering out plans to effect tangible, measurable change in the world. 


Nancy Brown: Schools Can Become Healthier Quickly; Roosevelt Did, Huffington Post; September 6, 2016

Administrators already were interested in the Healthy Schools Program offered by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by my organization, the American Heart Association, and the Clinton Foundation. Reynolds led the way, taking smart steps such as: Junk food went out, a salad bar eventually went in; Health lessons became part of the curriculum; PE classes went from infrequent to a district-best 30 minutes per day; not surprisingly, their students’ success in state fitness testing soared. 

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