2020 Annual Meeting

Cardiovascular Health: More Urgent than Ever


Meeting Materials

Our 2020 Annual Meeting focused on:

How can we build on the attention COVID-19 has brought to health inequity and gaps in care to enable all population groups to have optimal cardiovascular health?

How can we broaden public support for community health and health equity?

Thought leaders and change agents representing patients, clinical providers, public health, employers, health plans, academia, quality improvement, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and local, state, and federal governments convened during the National Forum Annual Meeting to explore new approaches to make health equity and cardiovascular health high priorities.

Session Recordings & Transcripts

Presentation of National Forum Signature Report

Cutting Straight to the Heart: A pandemic lays bare the inequity of heart disease in America

Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH
Director of Research Clinics Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Chief Scientific Advisor, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Interviewed by
Kim Stitzel, MS, RD
Immediate Past-Chair, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Founder and Principle, Stitzel Health and Well-being Strategies

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Panel 1  Cardiovascular Health – A Societal Imperative

To increase resources for population health and health equity, more of the public must see it as a priority. This panel will help us strengthen our case for eliminating disparities and enabling all people to attain their cardiovascular health potential.

  • What levers can we move to improve health and well-being for all?
  • What forces for change can we marshal?
  • What actions can my organization take?

Laura Gordon
Immediate Past-Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for ChildrenPanelists

Arthur Caplan, PhD
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor
Founding Head Division of Bioethics
New York University Langone Medical Center

The Honorable Steve Benjamin
Columbia, South Carolina

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA
Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Chief, Division of Cardiology Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Q & A

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Conversation with the Surgeon General of the United States

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
Surgeon General of the United States
Interviewed by John M. Clymer
Executive Director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

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Panel 2 Cardiovascular Health – An Economic Imperative
Poor health burdens people, employers, and local and state governments. Improving health and reducing disparities will strengthen communities’ vitality and resilience, attributes that COVID-19 has made crucial.
  • Besides public health and healthcare, who are the change agents we need to engage to make community health a priority?
  • How can we sustain health improvement for all community members?
  • What forces for change can we marshal?

Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP
Captain, United States Navy Medical Corps (Ret.)
Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical CenterPanelists

Meg Guerin-Calvert
Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy
FTI Consulting
Resource: FTI’s Center for Healthcare Economics & Policy (Center) article, “Health & Economic Impact of COVID-19: Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Health, Equity & Economic Vitality

The Honorable Sharon Weston Broome
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Q & A

Panel 3 Cardiovascular Health and Mental Health – A New Imperative
Mental Health and heart disease are tightly linked; mental health issues are even more prevalent because of the pandemic and social tensions in our country.
  • Can we reach our national blood pressure control goal if we do not diagnose and treat mental illness?
  • What needs to be done to reduce heart attacks and cardiovascular disease driven by mental health issues?
  • Who can do it?
  • Are there examples of success?
  • What is our call to action?


Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Executive Director
The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based PracticePanelists

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Wayne State University
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Central Michigan University

Jay D. Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP
ABC News Medical Contributor
Former Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
American Hospital Association

Garth Graham, MD, MPH
Chief Community Health Officer
CVS Health

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