2020 Annual Meeting

Cardiovascular Health: More Urgent than Ever


Meeting Materials

Held October 15th 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET

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.


The Virtual Convening was held on Thursday, October 15th.

Diverse panels discussed how we can build on the attention COVID-19 has brought to health disparities, cardiometabolic health, and public health to help more people in more communities attain well-being.

  • Cardiovascular Health – A Societal Imperative
  • Cardiovascular Health – An Economic Imperative
  • Cardiovascular Health and Mental Health – A New Imperative

Resources and the recording of our October 15 meeting will be available shortly. In the interim, check out resources from last year’s event.

Featured Speakers



Pre-meeting Partner Networking
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.  

John M. Clymer
Executive Director
National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

Presentation of National Forum Signature Report
11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

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
Chair, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


Panel 1: 
Cardiovascular Health – A Societal Imperative
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  

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
Mayor, 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
Break for Lunch 
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conversation with the Surgeon General of the United States
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.      
Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
Surgeon General of the United StatesInterviewed byJohn M. Clymer
Executive Director National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
Panel 2
Cardiovascular Health – An Economic Imperative
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
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
– 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
The Honorable Sharon Weston Broome
Mayor-President, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Q & A
Stretch Break
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
Panel 3
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
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

18th Annual Meeting Goals

  • CONNECT: Attendees will meet virtually at least one new organization/individual.
  • PROVIDE AND STIMULATE THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Attendees will learn at least one new strategy to improve cardiovascular and cardiometabolic health in the population.
  • ACCELERATE COLLABORATION: Attendees will establish at least one collaboration with an attendee member to implement a policy or best practice.

18th Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Release of the National Forum Signature Report (Fourth in the Series)
  • Brings together dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health to:
    • Hear and discuss the latest thinking in cardiometabolic disease prevention and the pursuit of health equity
    • Understand different stakeholders’ perspectives, goals and priorities
    • Share successful strategies and practices, and lessons learned
    • Develop and participate in innovative collaborations to improve cardiovascular health
  • Annual Business Meeting of the organization is held, National Forum Awards presented.
  • 2020 Marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Forum as an Independent Organization


Resources and the recording of our October 15 meeting will be available shortly. In the interim, check out resources from last year’s event.


18th Annual Meeting Sponsors

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