April 10, 2017
Apr 10

New Programs and Partnerships to Advance Health and Wellness in the United States Announced at Clinton Foundation’s Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit

Press Release

Newly announced partnerships include efforts to make more than 40,000 doses of naloxone available to U.S. colleges and universities; a new online course for employers looking to address issues of opioid addiction; and community-based efforts to improve the health of vulnerable youth

Little Rock, AROn Monday, April 10, President Bill Clinton brought together leaders working in health care, technology, business, education, sports, and government for the Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit, a yearly convening to drive action-oriented dialogue on what’s working and what more can be done to improve the health and well-being of communities across the United States.

“When we started the Clinton Health Matters Initiative six years ago, we knew that our country faced urgent health issues and too many barriers to access,” said President Bill Clinton. “The key to making improvements is to give people real solutions to real problems  and if you hit upon a good solution, then regionalize it, nationalize it, and try to replicate it in more places so more people can benefit. I look forward to coming back next year to see what today’s conversations have yielded, because the most important thing is to take all these good ideas and start putting them into action.”

Key themes at this year’s Summit included strategies for creating healthier communities, investing in health equity, and ending the opioid and prescription drug epidemic. New partnerships and programs announced at this year’s Summit included:

  • 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, resulting in the donation of more than 20,000 cartons (40,000 doses) of NARCAN® Nasal Spray to 4,726 colleges and universities in the United States;
  • 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;
  • An update on CHMI’s Knox County, IL, Blueprint for Action, a framework that aims to improve health and well-being in the community, which was unveiled in February 2017; and,
  • An award for health professional training programs providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education in their communities.

“Since we first started the Activation Summit in 2012, we’ve witnessed the importance of creating thought-provoking discussions, highlighting innovative solutions, and facilitating collaboration and partnerships on some of the country’s most challenging health issues,” said Gillian Sealy, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. “This year is no exception. We must turn innovative ideas into action that leaves our communities in a better place than we found them and helps people live their best lives.” 

Participants at this year’s Summit included leading innovators and voices advancing health care across the country, such as Dr. Raul Ruiz, Congressman, U.S. Representative (California’s 36th District); Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Mike Kelly, U.S. President, Adapt Pharma; Gillian Sealy, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Stephanie Streett, Executive Director, Clinton Foundation; Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Drew Boshell, Senior Vice President, Sport and Health, Special Olympics; Dr. Judith Feinberg, Professor, Behavior Medicine and Psychiatry, WVU School of Medicine; Catherine Finn, Deputy Editor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard X; Dr. Kim Janda, Ely R. Callaway, Jr. Chaired Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Immunology and Director, Worm Institute for Research and Medicine, and Skaggs Scholar, The Scripps Research Institute; Nick Macchione, Director of Health and Human Services, San Diego County; Dr. Dan W. Rahn, Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Research Professor, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, University of Vermont, and Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine; Kristine Rhodes, CEO, American Indian Cancer Foundation; Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions.

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (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 TimesUS News & World ReportRefinery29, 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.

Access video from the event at www.clintonfoundation.org/healthmatters2017, and photos will be made available on the Clinton Foundation’s Flickr. To follow and continue the conversation online, use #HealthMatters2017.