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Foundation Happenings, Brought to You by Donna Shalala


This blog is part of a series where Donna Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation, shares updates on Clinton Foundation programs. View the previous entries here.

For many of us, the holiday season and approaching New Year is a time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and to set new goals for growth.

I love this tradition. And I try to extend it year-round, which is why I write this Foundation Happenings blog. So much good is being done in the world. And I feel privileged to be in a position to share updates on the projects and moments making a positive difference in people’s lives.   

In the face of the many challenges we’re up against in our communities and around the world, I hope these updates reassure you and leave you feeling energized and hopeful about the possibilities for the future.

Together, we can make 2016 one of our best years yet.

As always, here are some recent Foundation updates:  

Teaming Up for a Healthier Generation

On November 1, a team of more than 20 runners representing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation completed the New York City Marathon as part of Team Healthier Generation. Team members included an elementary school principal and wife of a wounded warrior as well as four Alliance staff members. If you’re ready to hike, bike, swim, or run your way to your fitness goals, join one of Team Healthier Generation’s 2016 events.

Celebrating 11 Years of Education and Outreach

On November 18, the Clinton Presidential Center marked its 11th anniversary. Since opening, the Center has become a premier educational and cultural venue and a cornerstone of the community. According to a 2014 study commissioned by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Center has served as a catalyst for more than $2.46 billion in investment in the downtown areas of Little Rock and North Little Rock, contributing to a total economic impact of $3.3 billion. In 11 years, Center volunteers have served 544,000 hours and helped welcome more than 3.8 million visitors from around the world.

Scaling Prevention Treatment for Opioid Overdose

On November 19, Adapt Pharma Limited announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first ready-to-use, needle-free naloxone nasal spray—called NARCAN Nasal Spray—to stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose from prescription drugs. Through a partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, NARCAN Nasal Spray will be available at a reduced price to group purchasers, such as law enforcement, fire fighters, first responders, departments of health, local school districts, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations.

Curbing Preventable Disease in Northeast Florida

On November 20, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative announced progress with their Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action to decrease rates of preventable disease in the region. In 2013, CHMI, the PGA TOUR and The Players Championship partnered to create a Community Health Transformation program in five counties comprising Northeast Florida. Since then, CHMI has been working diligently with community stakeholders and national partners to implement their Blueprint for Action, a five-year strategic plan that outlines bold steps needed to improve health outcomes.

#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

From November 25 to December 10, the Foundation observed the U.N. Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Data from No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project provides insights into the breadth of gender-based violence, which knows no geographic, socioeconomic, or cultural boundary. Read about how many Clinton Global Initiative members are working to end violence against girls and women and help every girl live up to her full potential.

“The Best Decision I Made in My Life”

On December 1, 820 students graduated from the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s (CGEP) Acceso Training Center in Cartagena, Colombia, having completed academic training and six months of paid internships. The graduates are primarily youth from disenfranchised, low-income communities who are now qualified to enter the workforce in a variety of roles including administrative assistants, waiters, kitchen aids, hotel receptionists, housekeepers, and other professions. One of the graduates – who has already been hired by a local company – remarked, “entering Acceso has been the best decision I made in my life.”

To learn more about how CGEP is removing barriers to economic development, check out this profile from GOOD Magazine on CGEP’s CEO, Mark Gunton.

Our #SharedFuture

This month, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) attended the United Nations COP21 conference in Paris, where 196 nations came together over two weeks to negotiate a new universal agreement to curb global climate change. The unprecedented deal is a major turning point in the fight against global warming – but it’s just the beginning. Real-world results are dependent upon, among other things, a country’s ability to assess its emissions. CCI is helping Kenya address this challenge in the land-use sector through a system called SLEEK that helps government agencies collect data that will eventually be used by farmers and communities to inform them on weather patterns, where to plant crops, and other important climate-related decisions.