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Healthier America Summit Calls to Action Governors, Government Officials, Business Executives, Health Experts, Media, and Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthier America
Summit being held today at the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center in Washington, DC, will focus on key public health issues
including the impact of Americans' health on the U.S. economy and the
nation's preparedness for a possible pandemic flu outbreak. The summit will
bring together representatives from government, public health, health care,
business, media, and community and faith-based organizations to discuss
pressing public health issues. The event is hosted by the Trust for
America's Health (TFAH) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, The California Endowment, The Duke Endowment, and The Pew
Charitable Trusts.
The event will feature the release of "A Vision of a Healthier
America," which issues a "call to action" for Americans to make disease
prevention and protection from public health threats national priorities. A
broad range of organizations have signed-on in support of the document,
including the American Public Health Association, Association of
Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Association of Public
Health Laboratories, Breast Cancer Fund, California Communities Against
Toxics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Center for Biosecurity of the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Science in the Public
Interest, Commonweal, Environmental Defense, Families in Search of Trust,
HIV Medicine Association, Inghram County (MI) Health Department, Ministry
to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health, National Association of Chronic
Disease Directors, National Association of County and City Health
Officials, National Center for Healthy Housing, National Disease Clusters
Alliance, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, The California Endowment, The New York Academy of Medicine,
TFAH, and YMCA of America.
"America should strive to be the healthiest nation in the world," said
Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr., former three-term U.S. Senator and Governor
of Connecticut. "This should be a nation where every American has the
opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can be; where every community is
safe from threats to its health; where all Americans have a high level of
services that protect, promote, and preserve their health, regardless of
who they are or where they live. This meeting underscores how much we will
need every American to work together to be part of the solution."
The Healthier America vision states: "our nation must strengthen
America's public health system in order to: 1) provide people with the
information and resources they need to make healthier choices and live
healthier lives, and 2) protect people from health threats beyond their
control, such as bioterrorism, natural disasters, and infectious disease
Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. (R-IN) and former Governor Mark
Warner (D-VA) will deliver keynote remarks about public health policies and
practices that can help Americans live healthier lives.
The morning panel will include a discussion with business executives
and public health experts about "Health and the U.S. Economic
Competitiveness: How to Keep Our Workers Healthy and Costs Down," moderated
by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and CEO of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. Panelists will include:
-- Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of the New York Academy of Medicine
-- Donna Chiffriller, Vice President of Corporate Benefits of Verizon
-- Robert Greczyn, President and CEO of BlueCross and BlueShield of North
-- Cynthia Sloat, Director of Health and Welfare Benefits of PepsiCo.

The afternoon session will feature a Fred Friendly Seminar on "Pandemic
Flu: The Virus That Could Change the World," using a hypothetical scenario
to examine ways to better prepare the nation for a potential pandemic flu
outbreak. The Fred Friendly Seminars format, created by the late president
of CBS news and producer for Edward R. Murrow, uses hypothetical scenarios
and some role-playing to explore how decisions are made and what their
impact will be on a variety of constituents. Please note the Fred Friendly
Seminar is closed to video and TV cameras and flash photography.
The seminar will be moderated by Jeff Greenfield of CBS News, and
panelists will include:
-- Governor Tom Kean, Chairman of THK Consulting LLC and Former Governor
of New Jersey
-- Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr., President of the Board of the TFAH and
Former Three-Term U.S. Senator and Governor from Connecticut
-- Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases of the National Institutes of Health
-- Rajeev Venkayya, MD, Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense
at the White House Homeland Security Council
-- Rick Kaplan, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News
-- Susan Dentzer, Health Correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
-- Shannon Cheffet, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Mountain Health and
Community Services of Campo, California
-- Gail C. Christopher, DN, Vice President of the Office of Health, Women,
and Families and Director of the Health Policy Institute of The Joint
Center for Political and Economic Studies
-- Darrell Darnell, Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security
and Emergency Management Agency
-- Joseph Petro, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of
-- Sandra Shewry, Director of the Department of Health Services of
The event will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Amphitheater of
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. For more information about the event and times
of sessions or to sign up to attend, please contact Laura Segal at
202-223-9870 x 27 or or visit the summit Web site at:
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization
dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and
working to make disease prevention a national priority.
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was
established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for
underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental
improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment makes
grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health
and well-being of the people of California. To date, The Endowment has
awarded more than 9,000 grants across California totaling nearly $1.7
billion. For more information, visit The Endowment's Web site at
The Duke Endowment, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill
the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the
Carolinas. With assets of $2.9 billion, the Endowment has awarded $2.2
billion in grants since its inception in 1924.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and
health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy
devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all
Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and
individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful,
and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought
experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems
that affect the health and health care of those it serves. Helping
Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need -- the Foundation
expects to make a difference in our lifetime. For more information, visit
The Pew Charitable Trusts ( is driven by the
power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies
a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public
and stimulate civic life. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public
and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment
to fact- based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

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