March 30, 2017
Mar 30

MEDIA ADVISORY: President Clinton to Convene Leaders in Health to Address Strategies for Creating Healthier Communities, Investing in Health Equity, and Ending the Opioid and Prescription Drug Epidemic

Press Release

This Clinton Foundation event will bring together influential leaders in health care, technology, business, education, and government to highlight systemic approaches to health improvement nationwide April 9-10 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

New York, NY — On Sunday, April 9, and Monday, April 10, President Bill Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation’s sixth annual Health Matters Activation Summit, a yearly convening to identify strategies for systemic health improvement and ways to implement those strategies. The Summit, convened by the Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), will bring together leaders working in health care, technology, business, education, sports, and government.

“The Clinton Health Matters Initiative team is bringing people together in communities around the country to tackle the most urgent health issues facing Americans today,” said President Clinton. “Whether by reducing the cost of life-saving drugs that counteract opioid and prescription drug overdoses, or by expanding job training and placement opportunities for military families, we can all make a difference in helping people live longer, healthier lives when we work together.”

Announcements at this year’s Summit will include:

  • A new offering from Harvard Medical School to address issues of opioid addiction and dependency;
  • An expansion of Adapt Pharma's Narcan® (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray Schools Program;
  • An overview of CHMI’s expansion to San Diego to improve the health of the most vulnerable children across the County;
  • A plan from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and its partners to address unplanned pregnancies at community colleges and universities in the state; and,
  • An award for health professional training programs providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education in their communities.

CHMI brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others by working to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, and close health inequity and disparity gaps by improving access to key contributors to health of all people.

The work of CHMI has resulted in:

  • 6,000+ doses of naloxone distributed to reduce opioid overdose deaths, and a partnership with Adapt Pharma, Inc, to make naloxone available to every high school across the United States. Learn more from New York Times, US News & World Report, Refinery29, and Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine.
  • 700+ local leaders convened in six communities to take part in strategic planning sessions to develop a framework for improved health.
  • 120+ organizations and businesses collaborating to improve employee wellness.
  • 3 cohorts of military spouses receiving free Salesforce training through SpouseForce, a joint program of CHMI and BlueStar Families, that aims to address the health and economic disparities in military families. Read more in The Military Times.
  • 30 health solutions created by more than 25 teams of technology developers and designers to empower users to better understand their individual needs and take action to improve their health outcomes. Read more from SELF and Fortune.

In addition to working at a national level, CHMI works on the ground alongside the communities of Adams County, Mississippi; the Coachella Valley of California; Central Arkansas; Northeast Florida; Greater Houston, Texas; and Knox County, Illinois to facilitate community health transformation efforts that are reaching approximately 8 million residents across the United States. Most recently, CHMI announced a partnership with The San Diego Foundation and the County of San Diego to establish and engage a coalition of San Diego County agencies providing care to children and families, including child welfare services, juvenile justice, and more.

Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit

Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201

Sunday, April 9, and Monday, April 10, 2017

All press must be credentialed by the Clinton Foundation, and press registration is now open to the members of the media. To apply, please complete this form. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 7, 2017, and media will receive an email confirmation from [email protected] with instructions for picking up your credential. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required. Please email [email protected] for questions.