Clinton Health Matters Initiative brings together hundreds of leaders from across sectors to announce strategic partnerships to impact the health and wellness of Americans
Indian Wells, CA - Today, the Clinton Foundation hosted the fourth annual Health Matters Activation Summit. The summit brought together leaders in healthcare, public policy, veterans affairs, business, education, and professional sports to identify and implement strategies for systemic health improvement. The summit, sponsored by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, included panels on health innovation and health and the economy. Summit attendees participated in discussions on topics including universal access to sport and physical activity for youth, behavioral health in primary care, scalable solutions for health communities, and connectivity in healthcare.
“Through Health Matters, we are committed to empowering people to change their lives and communities to change their own futures by employing the best available technique – creating partnerships among diverse stakeholders,” said President Clinton. “At this year’s Health Matters Activation Summit, we announced strategic partnerships that make lifesaving drugs more available, encourage physical activity for youth, and inspire innovation in the health field.”
Key announcements from this year’s conference included:
Spencer Williamson, CEO of Kaleo, announced an agreement with the Kaleo pharmaceutical company to make EVZIO® (naloxone HCl injection) Auto-injector, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, available at a bulk discount to colleges and universities, public safety organizations and community organizers. This agreement is a part of CHMI’s efforts to ensure that there is a predictable and affordable supply of Naloxone, a life-saving opioid suppressant that can reverse opioid caused overdoses.
Jorge Casimiro, VP and COO of Nike’s Global Community Impact and VP of the Nike Foundation announced the release of the Project Play Report which encapsulates best practices for the design and delivery of quality, accessible youth sports programs. CHMI, the Aspen Institute and Nike will work with partners across the country to assist communities in the integration of best practices, and to advocate for more opportunities for youth participation in quality sports programs.
Throughout the day, strategic partners shared project updates:
Joyce Chang, Editor in Chief of SELF Magazine, discussed the CHMI women’s codeathon series and the potential impact of the winning teams’ innovative applications. The women’s codeathon series challenged developers and designers to build original, functional apps around three key areas: nutrition, mental health, and physical activity. The series – held in New York City in August, Boston in November and Los Angeles in January – brought together female leaders from the technology, innovation, and health fields to serve as mentors to participants and as judges on final presentations.
Mayor Steve Pougnet of Palm Springs provided an update on his very successful Mayor’s Health You, Healthy Planet Race and Wellness Festival, in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Desert Healthcare District and Desert Regional Medical Center. After three years, more than $1 million has been raised for health and wellness programs in Palm Springs. Mayor Pougnet also discussed the progress made with CHMI’s Community Health Transformation in the Coachella Valley.
British A. Robinson, CEO of the Women’s Heart Alliance, and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Director of the Barbara Streisand Center for Women’s Health at Cedar-Sinai Hospital reported on the successful completion of the pledge Ms. Streisand made at the Health Matters Summit in 2013 to create and disseminate a powerful campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart health issues and announced a commitment to work with CHMI on a new campaign aimed at young women (18-26) and peer-to-peer engagement on heart health.
Actor and comedian Wayne Brady discussed his battle with depression and why it is important that individuals take an active role in addressing their whole body health, particularly men, who are least likely to pursue the course of action or treatment they require.
Pete Moore, Founder and Managing Partner of Integrity Square provided an update on the application Smacktive. He was drawn to Smacktive after hearing participants at the 2014 Health Matters Activation Summit define the biggest issue in the healthcare industry as loneliness. Smacktive, now out of its beta phase, helps remedy loneliness by helping people find others nearby to engage with.
Participants at this year’s summit included President Clinton, Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos; Josh Kushner, Founder, Oscar Health and Founder, Thrive Capital; Joyce Chang, Editor in Chief, SELF Magazine; Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky; Dr. Meredith Rosenthal, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard University; Joe Kiani, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Masimo Corporation; Dr. Michael Klag, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Jeffrey Selberg, Executive Director, Peterson Center for Healthcare; Bruce Broussard, President and CEO, Humana; Trevor Fetter, President and CEO, Tenet Healthcare; Dave Zinczenko, Nutrition & Wellness Editor, ABC News; Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist and TV Host; and Tim Finchem, Commissioner, PGA Tour.
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