As of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people – have one or more chronic health conditions. One in four adults has two or more chronic health conditions.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that 80 percent of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and 40 percent of cancers could be prevented by doing three things: exercising more, eating better, and avoiding tobacco. Those with low socioeconomic status are more likely to be sedentary, smoke cigarettes, and engage in episodic heavy drinking. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) constructs national programs around key issue areas in chronic diseases that disproportionately affect underserved populations. To do this, we build strategic partnerships that help facilitate the development and scaling of health promoting solutions.

We work across sectors to develop and implement coordinated, systemic approaches to creating healthier communities. This includes leveraging innovation social entrepreneurship to help advance health and wellness by disseminating evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies.


Our National Programs seeks to scale chronic disease prevention strategies while addressing health disparities within our social determinants of health model. The National Programs partners with corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase the capacity of stakeholders and decision-making institutions in five key health areas: child health and welfare, college health, employee health, access to sport and physical activity, and prescription drug and opioid abuse. By building long-term relationships between key stakeholders in these fields and aligning resources and efforts within a collective impact model, CHMI is able to empower organizations and communities to integrate health promoting infrastructure and measure its success using a set of nationally recognized indicators.