On Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25, President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Fifth Annual Activation Summit, a yearly convening of the country’s foremost health experts and implementers.

Participants will engage in action-oriented dialogue, take examples and cues from CHMI’s key programs and partners, and use case studies of universally applicable successes and less-discussed failures to chart the path for scaling and sustaining what works in health advancement.

Featured participants include President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Abby Wambach, World Cup and Olympic Champion; Jenna Wolfe, TV Journalist and Lifestyle Fitness Expert; Donna E. Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation; Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director, Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic; Trevor Fetter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare; Tim Finchem, Commissioner, PGA TOUR; Dr. Nate Gross, Co-founder, Rock Health; Dr. Ellen Meara, National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics & Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College; Dr. Charles Modlin, Founder and Director, Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute; Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Anise Parker, Former Mayor, Houston, Texas; Anya Pogharian, Inventor; Dr. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services, IBM; Jeffrey D. Selberg, MHA, Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute; Dr. Donald K. Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University; Dr. Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP.

Key themes at this year’s Summit will include communities as centers of health innovation, the quest for longevity and healthy aging, health-tech innovation, and reducing health disparities. The Activation Summit further aims to underscore the value of facilitating cross-sector solutions and systemic strengthening of chronic disease prevention efforts. The event will follow the CareerBuilder Challenge, a PGA TOUR event held January 21 – 24 in La Quinta, CA, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation is returning for the fifth year as a title sponsor for the Summit, which is the anchor to the continued work of CHMI throughout the year to improve the health and well-being of all people across the country.

Sessions at this year’s Health Matters Activation Summit will include:
• Town Hall focused on addressing health disparities through technology and innovation;
• Celebrity morning workout led by Jenna Wolfe;
• Opening plenary session on the quest for longevity and our rising death rates with specific regards to the Coachella Valley and CHMI’s work to reduce health disparities in additional communities including Little Rock, Houston, Jacksonville, Natchez, and Galesburg;
• Discussion between Chelsea Clinton and Abby Wambach on girls and women in sports; and
• Closing plenary session on how communities and local organizations across the country, despite the national landscape, are driving the development and scale of solutions that are best suited to their local needs.

On Sunday, January 24, Chelsea Clinton, the City of La Quinta, Desert Sands Unified School District, and MasterChef Stephen Lee will bring together volunteers for a Day of Action to build a community garden at La Quinta High School, as part of the City of La Quinta’s effort to create school-based gardens that encourage healthy eating and cooking. La Quinta High School offers a culinary arts program that is dedicated to teaching students the culinary arts and preparing them to major in the field in their post-secondary education. The students from this program will prepare a healthy lunch for the Day of Action volunteers. Students and volunteers will also prepare 150 healthy meals that will be donated to the Joslyn Center’s Meals on Wheels program. La Quinta High School, along with the rest of the Desert Sands Unified School District, is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools program.

Founded by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize volunteers to give back to their communities. Since 2012, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 25 Days of Action in the U.S. and abroad, which have mobilized more than 5,500 volunteers donating more than 23,600 volunteer hours. In 2015, more than 1,400 volunteers participated in 11 Days of Action in Little Rock, Palm Springs, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York City. This will be the third Day of Action in the Coachella Valley.

CHMI brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others by working to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, close health inequity and disparity gaps, and reduce health care costs by improving access to key contributors to health of all people. CHMI’s year round work includes building strategic partnerships that will help facilitate the development and scaling of health-promoting solutions; working across sectors to develop and implement coordinated, systemic approaches to creating healthier communities; and leveraging technology and digital innovation to help advance health and wellness at the national and community levels by disseminating evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies.

Watch live webcasts on January 25 of the opening and closing plenaries here.

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