Partnership for Prevention, in collaboration with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and WellPoint Foundation, presents How to Save 100,000 Lives.
The briefing features Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Director of the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health and Chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, Senior Scholar at the Institute of Medicine, and Mr. John Clymer, President of Partnership for Prevention.
A new report from Partnership found that increasing the use of just five preventive services would save 100,000 lives each year in the United States. The report also found serious deficiencies in the use of preventive care for the nation as a whole - and particularly troubling shortfalls for racial and ethnic populations- Partnership for Prevention
This program is supported by Pfizer Inc.
John M. Clymer
John Clymer is president of Partnership for Prevention, a nonprofit health policy research
organization based in Washington, DC.
Before joining Partnership for Prevention, Clymer was vice president of external affairs at the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute. He also founded Strategic Communications, a consulting firm that advises nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations on creating synergies between public affairs, marketing, public relations and corporate communications. Clymer also held positions at Springs Industries, a Fortune 500 textile manufacturer.
Beyond Partnership, Clymer serves on the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, the board of directors of the National Partnership for Immunization, the Partnership for Clear Health Communications and the Campaign for Public Health Advisory Council. Clymer is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.
J. Michael McGinnis
J. Michael McGinnis joined the Institute of Medicine as Senior Scholar in 2005, to help the IOM explore the development of a program of activity focused on evidence-based medicine and the expansion of clinical effectiveness studies. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Senior Vice President and founding Director of the Health Group, and as Counselor to the President, at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Much of his career has been spent as participant and leader in national policy in disease prevention and health promotion, including continuous appointment, from 1977 to 1995, as Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) through the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton Administrations. During this period, he led the development of Healthy People, the nation's prevention agenda, and the creation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a body that has for two decades evaluated the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and pioneered the advance of evidence-based medicine.
Other programs and policies launched at his initiative include: the first HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, now in its 5th edition (1st edition co-produced with USDA in 1980) and the first Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health (1988); the work of the Public Health Functions Steering Committee to develop the 10 Essential Services of Public Health; the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program; the RWJF Young Epidemiology Scholars Program; and the RWJF Active Living family of programs.
His current Board memberships include: the National Academies IOM Committee on Children's Food Marketing (Chair); the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Multivitamins in Chronic Disease Prevention (Chair); the Health Professionals Roundtable on Preventive Services (Chair); the FDA Food Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Nutrition; and the Board of Trustees of the United Way of the National Capital Area (Chair, Resource Development).
Dr. McGinnis' international service includes service as Chair of the World Bank/European Commission Task Force on post-war reconstruction of the health sector in Bosnia in 1995-6; State Coordinator for the World Health Organization smallpox eradication program in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1974-5; and Coordinator for U.S.-Eastern European health programs in 1972-3.
He is an elected member of the IOM, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Other recognitions include the Wilbur Cohen Award, the Porter Prize, the National Health Leader of the Year Award, and the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. McGinnis earned degrees in political science, medicine and public policy from Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard. He was the commencement speaker at each.
Eduardo J. Sanchez
Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H is the Director of the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Sanchez served as Commissioner of the Texas Department Health from November 2001 through August 2004, overseeing an array of programs from disease prevention, communicable disease control, and preparedness to environmental and consumer safety as well as regulatory services.
On September 1, 2004, he became Commissioner of the newly formed Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), which combined public health, mental health and substance abuse. He served as Commissioner of DSHS until October 2006.
Sanchez was in active family medicine practice in Austin, Texas from 1992 to 2001. In addition, he served as health authority and chief medical officer for the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department from 1994 to 1998. He played a critical role in helping to create the Texas Association of Local Health Officials in 1997.
He received his medical degree in 1988 from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and holds master's degrees in public health from the UT School of Public Health and in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He also has bachelor's degrees from Boston University in biomedical engineering and chemistry.
The American Academy of Family Physicians presented Dr. Sanchez with the 2005 Public Health Award for his contributions to public health in Texas and beyond. He also received the Louis B. Russell Memorial Award, in 2004, from the American Heart Association for outstanding service to minority populations.
Hilda L. Solis
Secretary Hilda L. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 – 2009. In the Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.