Investment and innovation in community health is vitally important.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.
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.
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Lee Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, a first-of-its-kind social media center focused on health care, which builds on Mayo Clinic's leadership among health care providers in adopting social media tools. Mayo Clinic has the most popular medical provider channel on YouTube and active, popular outposts on Twitter and Facebook. Mayo Clinic is a pioneer in hospital blogging, and has recently launched an online community for patients at http://connect.mayoclinic.org/.
James Bennet is the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
Mayor Cornett has been at the forefront of the Oklahoma City renaissance. Under Cornett's leadership, the City has seen the final completion of MAPS 1, the implementation of MAPS for Kids, and the passage and implementation of MAPS 3. With Mayor Cornett leading the way, Oklahoma City became a major league city with the arrival of the National Basketball Association.
During his tenure, Oklahoma City's economy has been one of the strongest in the nation. Standing for efficient government and responsible leadership, Mayor Cornett has worked to promote an inclusive and optimistic vision of Oklahoma City, fueled by bold ideas. Cornett's humble nature, intense work ethic and optimistic attitude have become emblematic of a city that, as Cornett says, "works hard and dreams big."
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.
Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Foundation award winning celebrity chef with over 30 years of leadership experience advocating for a more healthful, sustainable food system. He is Founder, President and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network, as well as Founder and Partner with the late actor Paul Newman of the former Dressing Room Restaurant.
As the General Manager for Microsoft's Health & Life Sciences business in the United States, Michael D. Robinson is responsible for driving Microsoft's business initiatives into both commercial and public sector organizations in the Provider, Payer, Life Sciences, Public Health and Human Services verticals. These initiatives include sales, technology partnerships, solution areas, marketing, standards and advocacy. He brings to his position over 30 years of sales, technology and management experience.
Michael joined Microsoft in January 2002; previous positions included General Manager Public Sector Middle East and Africa, General Manager New York Metro District, General Manager Mid-Atlantic District and Resource Director for East Region consulting services.