Leaders from business, healthcare, public health, and communities will identify actions to capitalize on the attention COVID-19 has brought to health inequities and cardiometabolic health disparities.
“In pre-pandemic ‘normal,’ cardiovascular disease, despite being preventable, was the leading cause of death, and its burden was inequitable. COVID magnified the inequities. Solving them will not only lead toward optimal, equitable cardiometabolic health but more equitable well-being.” John M. Clymer, Executive Director
The 19th Annual Meeting of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will kick off with the launch of When Pandemics Collide: COVID-19 and New Concerns about Heart Disease and Stroke, the organization 5th Signature Report addressing a vicious cycle that increases the rates of both COVID and cardiovascular disease.
How can this be? The U.S. spends 18 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare. Most industrialized countries spend half as much and get better outcomes. These gaps reduce well-being and harm American economic competitiveness. Elizabeth H. Bradley, author of The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less, will explain the fundamental cause of the paradox. Health system and business leaders will discuss the changes needed to solve the paradox and close health and health care disparities.
· Jay D. Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP
· Elizabeth H. Bradley, President, VASSAR
· Margaret Sabin, Past President, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs
· Michael W. Cropp, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Health
Themes and words that stakeholders can use to build and broaden support for a new normal that prioritizes health equity and invests in upstream determinants of health such as education, housing, transportation, and food security will be offered. Communications and healthcare leaders will join the discussion about public support for the new normal? Mayor Frank Scott of Little Rock will tell why a healthy population is essential to community prosperity.
Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP, Chair
Captain, United States Navy Medical Corps (Ret.)
Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partner
Rosy McGillan, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, American Red Cross
Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Little Rock, Arkansas
Three experts in mental health, healthcare, and community interventions to improve mental health will discuss how to raise the priority on mental health. Primary care providers will be encouraged to increase attention on mental health, screen for it, and provide or refer people to evidence-based therapies.
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava from Miami-Dade, Florida, will discuss why strong mental health matters to the community and its vitality and prosperity. Mental health and healthcare experts will discuss connections between mental health and obesity, diabetes, major adverse cardiovascular events. And medication adherence.
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 Practice
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade, Florida
Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, LeVine Family Distinguished Scholar of Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness, Associate Dean – PhD Division & Program, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill