Medical experts will discuss city initatives to innovate, invest, and improve community health for all.
Our nation is in the midst of a public health crisis so profound that it is undermining America's economic competitiveness and national well-being, according to a recent Bipartisan Policy Center report on the issue. Fully two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. One-third of American children are overweight or obese, the report concludes.
National Journal and The Atlantic will explore how investment in community health can be optimized through partnerships between the public and private sector, spotlighting innovative care delivery models that can improve health outcomes for all citizens. Through panel discussions we will highlight specific and anecdotal examples of effective collaborative strategies for healthier communities.
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Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic as well as editor in chief of Atlantic LIVE. He also publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note at The Atlantic.com. Steve is Senior Fellow and Founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. Clemons writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic policy challenges.
Ginny Ehrlich, MPH, MS, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is a national expert on childhood obesity, committed to increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity through sustainable changes in schools and communities across the country.
Under Ginny's leadership as CEO since 2008, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, has become one of the leading organizations working to combat childhood obesity in the United States.
Dr. Gordon-Larsen's professional interests primarily relate to population-based trends, determinants and consequences of weight gain, with particular emphasis on issues related to ethnicity, disparities, and development of obesity over the lifecycle. Her NIH-funded research explores individual susceptibility to environmental context, focusing on genetic and environmental determinants of weight gain, as well as Geographic Information Systems research. Recently she was awarded NIH funding to examine heterogeneity in cardiometabolic risk using data from China. Her published research has appeared in JAMA, AJCN, Obesity, Obesity Reviews, and Archives of Internal Medicine, among others. Dr. Gordon-Larsen is active in The Obesity Society governance and has served on Council, Scientific Meeting Planning, Audit, Scientific Review, and Nominating Committees, and is a past chair of the Pediatric Obesity Section. She is an associate editor of Health and Place and International Journal of Pediatric Obesity and is on the editorial boards of Obesity, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Annals of Human Biology and Nutrition and Diabetes. She received the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society in 2010.
Dr. Heath E. Morrison comes to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from the Washoe County School District (Reno), where he was superintendent. The district is Nevada’s second-largest with 63,000 students in 94 schools.
Dr. Morrison set the district’s five-year course with a strategic plan titledEnvision WCSD 2015 – Investing in Our Future. Under his leadership, the graduation rate has increased from 56 percent to 70 percent overall, with gains for all schools and all groups of students. Test scores have risen for consecutive years, helping to narrow the achievement gap. The district has also seen an increase in the number of students taking more rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement and algebra classes.
Before joining WCSD, Dr. Morrison was community superintendent for the Down County Consortium in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. He has also worked as a teacher and principal in Maryland.
He was named superintendent of the year in 2011 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and also by the Nevada Association of School Boards. In 2012, he was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.
He holds a doctorate in educational policy and planning and a master of educational administration from the University of Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Samuel Nussbaum is Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy, and Chief Medical Officer for WellPoint, Inc. He is the key spokesperson and policy advocate for WellPoint and is responsible for the company’s public health policy programs. He oversees corporate medical and pharmacy policy and clinical quality programs to ensure the provision of proven effective care. Dr. Nussbaum collaborates with industry leaders, physicians, hospitals and national policy and health care organizations to shape an agenda for quality, safety and clinical outcomes and to improve patient care for WellPoint’s 36 million medical members nationwide. In addition, Dr. Nussbaum works closely with WellPoint business units to advance innovative health care services strategies.
Raymond Thomas Rybak
Raymond Thomas "R. T." Rybak, Jr. is the 46th and current Mayor of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. David Satcher
Dr. David Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and published America's first "Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity." Formerly a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and Director of the CDC, Satcher simultaneously held the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. Dr. Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Macy Faculty Fellow and the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Randi Weingarten is an American labor leader, attorney, and educator, the current president of the American Federation of Teachers, a member of the AFL-CIO, and former president of the United Federation of Teachers.
R. T. Rybak, Jr., Mayor of Minneapolis, declares that forming healthy cities starts with limiting teenage pregnancies. Rybak's Administration is committed to curbing unwanted pregnancies, and raising the accountability of parents.