An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease
John Clymer, Ross DeVol and Ken Thorpe discuss the current health care system, statistics and the effect chronic disease has on people and the economy.
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.
Ross De Vol
Ross C. DeVol is Director, Regional Economics and the Center for Health Economics at the Milken Institute. He oversees the Institute's research efforts on the dynamics of comparative regional growth performance. He is also an appointee to the California State Controller's Council of Economic Advisors, a panel formed in 2007 to advise the controller on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities in the state's economy, major issues and trends that may affect the state's fiscal health and how to make the best use of limited government revenues and resources.
Dr. Ken Thorpe was the Vanselow Professor of Health Policy and Director, Institute for Health Services Research at Tulane University. He was previously Professor of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Health Care Financing and Insurance at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Health at Columbia University. Currently he is Executive Director at Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.