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 technology and digital innovation to help advance health and wellness by disseminating evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies. CHMI’s goals are to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes and close health inequity and disparity gaps by improving access to key contributors to health for all people.

Our National Program seeks to scale chronic disease prevention strategies while addressing health disparities within our social determinants of health model. By partnering with corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the National Program focuses on the following six initiatives: employee health, military and veteran health, health disparities, access to nutrition, access to sport and physical activity, and prescription drug abuse. By building long-term relationships between key stakeholders in these fields within the United States health care system and leveraging their resources within a collective impact model, CHMI is able to expand coverage to reach all demographics and measure its success using a set of nationally recognized indicators.