The visit will highlight the Clinton Foundation’s partnerships and programs related to the opioid crisis, food security, and infant mortality.
Jacksonville, FL – Tomorrow, October 31, President Clinton will continue his three-day tour of Clinton Foundation projects in the United States in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding counties.
President Clinton will first visit with the Azalea Project, a project of the northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and community partner of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) to help mothers and infants. The project provides support for at-risk families and mothers facing addiction and resources for healthy living and early childhood development.
He will then tour the Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida and meet with beneficiaries and partners that work with CHMI to address to the opioid epidemic and reduce drug use and misuse. There will also be a NARCAN® donation from Adapt Pharma, Inc.
Finally, President Clinton will meet with CHMI partners at the University of North Florida, who are leading nutrition and food access efforts across Northeast Florida. Here, student volunteers will repack unused food from the University’s cafeteria into individual meals which will be distributed through a local HIV network. For the past three years, CHMI has been convening a working group to improve nutrition in Northeast Florida – one of their key bold steps for action.
The trip highlights the Clinton Foundation’s cross-sector community health impact. Over the past 16 years, the Clinton Foundation has worked around the U.S and across the world to help more than 11.5 million people access HIV/AIDS medication, more than 20 million American students access healthier meals, and make over 25,000 cartons (or 50,000 doses) of NARCAN® available to organizations serving populations affected by the epidemic across the United States.
Prior to his visits in the Jacksonville area, President Clinton participated in a summit at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore in partnership with CHMI to address the opioid epidemic, and visited a playground to highlight the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood development work through its Too Small to Fail initative.
**Site Visits for Planning Purposes Only***Subject to Change***
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CLINTON HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE/DRUG TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
10:00-11:20 a.m. (Pre-set 8:00 a.m.)
Orange Park Medical Center
2001 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
In Orange Park, President Clinton will visit the Orange Park Medical Center to see how the Clinton Foundation is working with partners to combat the opioid epidemic in the northeast Florida community.
First, President Clinton will visit with the Azalea Project, a project of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and community partner of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) to help mothers and infants. The project provides support for at-risk families and mothers facing addiction and resources for healthy living and early childhood development. Also during the visit, books and early childhood development resources will be distributed through the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative which encourages talking, reading, and singing.
President Clinton will then tour the hospital’s pharmacy – to see how they have changed prescription protocol, hear from the Northeast Florida Opioid Community Task Force, and see an Adapt Pharma, Inc. NARCAN® demo and donation of 500 units. This site will showcase our work to address issues discussed at the Johns Hopkins University summit on opioids that was held the previous day.
Since 2012, CHMI has worked to address the opioid epidemic, helping prevent overdose deaths and raise the profile of this as a public health issue. In May 2012, President Clinton formally announced CHMI's Prescription Drug Abuse program, which aims to significantly reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States and help communities focus on substance abuse prevention and planning. To accomplish their goals, CHMI prioritizes and focuses on expanding access to NARCAN®, building the capacity of college campuses to support student health and prevent substance abuse, and providing key stakeholders with guidance on implementing best practices for substance abuse. To advance their work, CHMI has established and enhanced relationships with a broad coalition of stakeholders, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Harm Reduction Coalition, Harvard, the FDA, HHS, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and governmental agencies in states with the highest prevalence of opioid abuse, such as Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and Vermont.
Most recently, through a partnership with Adapt Pharma, Inc., the Clinton Foundation and CHMI have helped make NARCAN®, an opioid overdose reversal drug, accessible to all high schools and colleges in the country.
CLINTON HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE NUTRITION WORK
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Pre-set: 11:30 a.m.)
Ann and David Hicks Hall, Building 53, Room 1200
4892 First Coast Technology Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32224
President Clinton will visit the University of North Florida, to see how the Clinton Foundation, through CHMI has worked with key stakeholders to improve health outcomes in different communities across the United States. Specifically, CHMI works with its focus regions to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities by 1) synthesizing a set of unique community health indicators to determine areas of greatest need; 2) convening key stakeholders from across sectors for an initial blueprinting process in which local priorities will be set; 3) facilitating solutions across sectors to implement priority actions included in a local blueprint for action; and 4) leveraging national, regional, and local resources that will help advance priority actions in the local Blueprint for Action. To date, CHMI has convened more than 700 key decision makers and thought leaders to take part in strategic planning sessions to develop a frame work for improved health. CHMI has also developed approximately 220 Bold Action Steps toward improving health over the next five to seven years in these six regions. For the past three years, CHMI has been running a working group to improve nutrition in Northeast Florida – one of their key bold steps for action.
At this site, President Clinton will meet with CHMI partners at the University of North Florida, who are leading nutrition and food access efforts across Northeast Florida. Here, student volunteers will repack unused food from the University’s cafeteria into individual meals which will be distributed through a local HIV network called the Food Hunger and Nutrition Network.
Media accreditation is now open. To RSVP to cover any of the above sites, please apply here: https://forms.clintonfoundation.org/view.php?id=137790
Due to limited space, we encourage media to apply online directly at the link above. Transportation for registered media will be provided between sites. Details will be provided upon registration. For any questions, please contact [email protected]
About the Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have been planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.
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