February 21, 2017
Feb 21

MEDIA ADVISORY: Clinton Health Matters Initiative to Launch Knox County Blueprint to Improve Health and Wellness Across the Community

Press Release

Key community stakeholders will convene to unveil a Blueprint for Action outlining strategies and bold action steps for improving health outcomes in Knox County, Illinois.

GALESBURG, IL – On Tuesday, February 28, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, will bring together key thought leaders and local stakeholders to unveil the Knox County Blueprint for Action – a framework that aims to improve health and well-being of the Knox County, Illinois community.

The gathering builds upon conversations with local leaders last June, when CHMI held its first community convening in Knox County to develop the Blueprint, to discuss practical and scalable solutions to improve the health of Knox County’s citizens. Last year, CHMI announced Knox County as part of its Community Health Transformation Portfolio, an effort of CHMI to improve the health and well-being of communities across the country by closing gaps in health disparities, reducing preventable disease rates, and increasing organizational investments in health. In addition to Knox County, CHMI works in Adams County, Mississippi; the Coachella Valley of California; Central Arkansas; Northeast Florida; and Greater Houston, Texas.


Knox County Blueprint for Action Launch

Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Emily Webel, Knox County Regional Director, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
John Pritchard, Mayor of Galesburg
Teresa Amott, President of Knox College
Rich Buckley, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, North America, AstraZeneca
Josh Gibb, Chief Executive Officer, Galesburg Community Foundation
Tom Simkins, Chief, Galesburg Fire Department

Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Health in Knox County?
Colleen Callahan, Colleen Callahan Consultancy, former Illinois Director, USDA Rural Development
Stacy Brown, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Bridgeway
Dr. Divya Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Service Line, OSF Healthcare System
Mindi J. Ragon, RN, Cottage Hospital
Erin Olson, Director of Health and Wellness Promotion,, Knox County Health Department
Ken Springer, President, Knox County Area Partnership

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Opening Session: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT
Pre-set: 2:30 PM CT

Knox College
Trustees Room – Alumni Hall
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

For press credentials, please contact [email protected]

For more information about CHMI and the Clinton Foundation, visit www.clintonfoundation.org/healthmatters. For the latest updates, follow the Clinton Foundation on Facebook (Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation) and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.​