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Building Community Health & Wellbeing through Business, Culture and Policy
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February 23, 2016
Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, Virginia

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The organizers, ACPM and the members of its Corporate Roundtable, released a joint statement after this event stressing the need to incorporate lifestyle medicine into clinical practice to lower rates of chronic disease in America. The statement provides a list of strategic initiatives to influence the successful adoption of lifestyle medicine.

Presentations from each speaker—including audio and presentation slides—are available in ACPM's education platform and photos are available in ACPM's Dropbox account. Videos have been made available thanks to a sponsorship from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. A password protected attendee list is also available for those who registered. 


If you would like to be notified of future community health and lifestyle medicine activities from ACPM, please subscribe to the Lifestyle Medicine newsletter.


The burden of lifestyle-related diseases in the U.S. threatens its economy and the health and wellbeing of its citizens. More than half of Americans cope with chronic disease; the nation’s total direct and indirect economic cost, for the most common chronic diseases, is estimated to exceed $1 trillion annually.* Projections indicate this figure could reach $6 trillion annually by 2050, an unsustainable reality that would devastate the U.S. economy. While daunting, this massive burden is almost entirely preventable. It is possible to combat chronic disease and build healthy communities through the broad adoption of healthy lifestyles.

*Ferris D, Lianov L, Dysinger W. Advancing Lifestyle Medicine: A Strategic Approach for Addressing the Burden of Chronic Disease. Manuscript submitted for publication, 2015.

Building Healthy Communities through Business, Culture and Policy is a one-day symposium exploring the impact of a variety of societal influences on community health. The American College of Preventive Medicine, together with the members of its Corporate Roundtable, is proud to present this symposium in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2016, ACPM's Annual Meeting. Faculty and attendees will examine key questions related to community health and healthy living:

  • What does it mean to engineer better health?
  • What do communities that successfully engineer better health look like?
  • What role can and do employers play?
  • How can health systems, which have traditionally focused on the patient-physician treatment relationship, work to build successful community-health system treatment relationships?
  • How can insurance, pharmaceutical, health systems, and other healthcare companies serve as a positive force for change?


The event is an opportunity for senior-level representatives from health systems, insurers, employers, industry, government, medical associations, community programs other individuals and organizations focused on health to come together to explore how to create successful, vibrant and healthy communities.


WELCOME (9:00 - 9:15 AM)
Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, President, American College of Preventive Medicine
Mike Heckman, Vice President, Population Health Services, Cerner Corporation
Jane Pennington, Chief of Staff, UnitedHealth Group

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (9:15 - 10:00 AM)
Strategies for Building Healthy Communities
Robin Schepper, Senior Adviser, Bipartisan Policy Center and former Executive Director, Let's Move, The White House

BUSINESS (10:00 - 10:45 AM)
The Business of Community Health and the Business Community
Robert W. Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM, Associate Professor and Director, Executive Masters Program in Health Systems Administration, Georgetown University

BREAK (10:45 - 11:00 AM)

CULTURE (11:00 AM - 11:45 PM)
Building Culture of Health at the Community Level
Rick Brush, CEO of HICCup and Collective Health

NETWORKING LUNCH (11:45 AM - 12:30 PM)

POLICY (12:30 - 1:15 PM)
Policy Review
Tevi Troy, President, American Health Policy Institute

Community Initiatives that Work
Moderated by Monica Hobbs Vinluan, JD, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Montana Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Telehealth Program, Sarah Brokaw
  • Great Futures Start Here, Boys & Girls Club of America, Chad Royal-Pascoe
  • Heartland Behavioral Health Services/Healthy Nevada, Alyson Harder, MSW

WRAP-UP (2:15 - 2:30 p.m.)
The Future is Today: Where We Go From Here
Michael Barry, CAE, Executive Director, American College of Preventive Medicine



Robin Schepper is a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Prevention Initiative. Schepper uses her background in international events, four Democratic presidential campaigns, communications and community organizing to bring stakeholders together to develop strategies for helping kids be more physically active and to get the nutrition they need. Most recently, as executive director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, Schepper built up the program and worked with 12 federal agencies, tribal governments, local elected officials, national organizations, sports leagues, media celebrities, and the private sector to find ways to engage every sector of society to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Over the past 20 years, Schepper’s career has spanned many arenas. Some examples include serving as Washington State director for Clinton-Gore; consulting for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games; serving as a committee staff director for Senator Tom Daschle and founding two consulting businesses, Pyramid Communications and Wayfinder, Inc.
Robert W. Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM is President–elect of the American College of Preventive Medicine and serves as Director of the Executive Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program at Georgetown University, where he teaches on organizational leadership, human capital management, and other topics. Dr. Carr has an extensive background in health outcomes, human performance, systems and culture and change management enhancing human health and performance and ultimately business improvement. He was most recently the Senior Vice President and Corporate Medical Director at GlaxoSmithKline where he provided strategic direction and leadership in all areas of employee health and performance, heading a global professional team covering 124 international sites with a workforce of over 100,000 employees who generated annual revenues of almost $40 billion in 2014. Dr. Carr also runs a family foundation focused on population health.
Rick Brush is CEO of HICCup, a nonprofit startup. HICCup is a sponsor of the Way to Wellville, a five-year challenge to dramatically improve population health outcomes in five U.S. communities. In 2015, HICCup launched the Wellville Accelerator, a unique platform that brings together leading solution providers with the Wellville communities to fast-track scalable solutions that address the multiple clinical, social and contextual determinants of health. Rick is also founder and CEO of Collective Health, which developed the Health Impact Bond®, a pay-for-success (PFS) model that leverages future health care cost savings to generate upfront investment in prevention. Before turning entrepreneur, Rick was chief strategy and marketing officer for the national employer segment at Cigna, the fourth-largest U.S. health insurer. While at Cigna, Rick co-founded the company's Communities of Health venture, which worked with multi-stakeholder coalitions around the country to address community factors driving high rates of illness. Rick has held executive roles at Ford Motor Credit Company, Bank One and KPMG, and has worked extensively with businesses, communities and nonprofits to drive cross-sector partnerships and collective impact.
Tevi Troy is the President of the American Health Policy Institute. He is also the author of the best-selling book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House. He is a frequent television and radio analyst, and has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and The NewsHour, among other outlets. As the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Troy oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, and mental health services. He served as the regulatory policy officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance. Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several high-level positions, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Dr. Troy spearheaded the White House’s American Competitiveness Initiative, featured in the 2007 State of the Union Address. Dr. Troy has held high-level positions on Capitol Hill as well, as the Policy Director for Senator John Ashcroft, and Senior Domestic Policy Adviser and Domestic Policy Director for the House Policy Committee, chaired by Christopher Cox. He was Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he remains an Adjunct Fellow. He has also been a Researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Monica Hobbs Vinluan, JD, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2015 as a senior program officer, has been a passionate professional advocate for health promotion and a distinguished government relations professional on a variety of health and well-being issues for two decades. Through her work at the Foundation, she strives to ensure that all children in the United States have a healthy start. She views her role as “bringing new strategies and approaches to helping make sure all children get the nutritious foods and drinks they need to learn, grow and thrive.” Previously, Vinluan served as director of the Healthier Communities Initiatives for the YMCA of the USA, which catalyzed community and state-level leadership teams to put in place strategies and policies that enabled people to make healthy choices. The Healthier Communities Initiatives—funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RWJF and a host of other funders—created nearly 250 community teams and enacted 39,000 policy changes in advocating for physical activity, healthy eating and health equity policy strategies.
Vinluan’s experience also includes serving as a senior policy associate with the National Recreation and Park Association. She was a regulatory counsel with Stateside Associates and a federal legislative counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights. She also worked with the National Women’s Law Center, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the National Association of Child Advocates and in the office of former United States Senator Charles Robb of Virginia. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the American University Washington College of Law and her BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She was the recipient of the Sandra P. Grasso Scholarship for her commitment to advancing social justice and feminism, and was also honored for her work in opening the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech.
Sarah Brokaw is the Program Manager of the Montana Diabetes Prevention Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) has partnered with a community hospital in the state to implement a group-based diabetes prevention program lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The program is available both at the hospital and via telehealth.
Chad Royal-Pascoe is the National Vice President, Corporate Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Chad leads the Corporate Partnerships and Account Relationship teams as well as Cause Marketing at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In his role, he is part of launching the Great Futures Campaign, one of the most ambitious expansions in the organization’s history, securing transformational partnerships and launching a new cause marketing campaign. 2013 was the most successful year in fundraising for the organization and for corporate partnerships, with two of the largest corporate partnerships secured in its history, $10M and $35M.

Alyson W. Harder, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing counseling and therapy to children and families, trauma victims and military personnel in the state of Missouri and Kansas.  She is the CEO of Heartland Behavioral Health Services and where she manages a 150 bed child and adolescent hospital, $16M budget, and staff of over 300. Alyson graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Education and the University of Kansas with a M.S. in Social Work. Within her tenure as a CEO she has worked in conjunction with the Healthy Nevada/Cerner Corp project to develop a comprehensive worksite wellness program, the first and only of its’ kind in Nevada/Vernon County.  She serves  the Missouri Hospital Association Psychiatric Hospital Network as a District Representative.  She has focused her energy toward advocating for the needs of comprehensive medical and behavioral health care in rural communities.  She has presented at a number of conferences and public speaking events educating individuals and organizations on rural behavioral health initiatives and ensuring that our most vulnerable populations receive parity in their provision of healthcare coverage. of the Local Government Leadership Award from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association.


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  • AstraZeneca
  • PhRMA
  • MyLife Recovery Centers
  • EHE International
  • Mars Symbioscience
  • Metagenics
  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare
  • NuVal
  • Omada Health
  • RediClinic
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Cummins
  • Full Plate Living
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi
  • UnitedHealth Group

To learn more about ACPM's Corporate Roundtable, contact Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer, at msimmons@acpm.org or 202-466-2044, ext. 120.


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The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national medical specialty society of physicians dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion and systems-based health care improvement. ACPM is the leading U.S.-based physician organization focused on practice, research, publication, and teaching of evidence-based preventive medicine.

Founded in 1954, ACPM represents more than 2,700 members employed in research, academia, government, clinical settings, and other entities worldwide. ACPM provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of knowledge among preventive medicine specialists, and offers high-quality educational programs for education, information and resources for ongoing professional development, and networking opportunities.

For more information about ACPM's Building Healthy Communities Symposium, please contact Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer, at msimmons@acpm.org or 202-466-2044, ext. 120.

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