Changing the Narrative on Health Equity

Thursday, October 26, 2023 • 10:30am – 4:00pm ET

 

The annual meeting program book, meeting proceedings and participant evaluations are below. For each session, a video and transcript are provided.

The 2023 annual meeting of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will focus on how to broaden support for policies, programs, and environmental changes that improve health and health equity. 

  • Diverse Panels discussed how we change the narrative on health equity:
    • Vital Conditions for Well-Being
    • Reframing Prevention and Public Health
    • Reducing the Mental Health Crisis and the Leading Cause of Death Together
  • Taking Action, will offer the opportunity for attendees to contribute to the discussion.
  • Member Updates
  • National Forum Annual Business Meeting and presentation of National Forum Awards
Panel 1: Vital Conditions for Well-Being

This session articulated the case for investments and policies that lead to well-being for people throughout society. By focusing on the Vital Conditions, we saw how individuals’ needs formed an interconnected web that influenced how people and places thrive collectively. When a vital condition goes unfulfilled, it compounds other existing conditions, including outcomes in individual health and well-being.

The Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience (Federal Plan for ELTRR) leverages the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being (Vital Conditions). The Vital Conditions identify the factors people depend on to reach their full potential, organized into seven categories:

  • Meaningful work and wealth
  • Reliable transportation
  • Lifelong learning
  • Belonging and civic muscle
  • Humane housing
  • Basic needs for health and safety
  • A thriving natural world

Identifying the Vital Conditions was an intentional shift to organize resources to address the needs for long-term recovery and enhancing resilience. It is an actionable approach to improving Social Determinants of Health and addressing inequities. The framework fosters a principle that places the needs of communities at the center of policies, programs, and resource allocation. The framework identifies levers for community change and improvement and shows how the needs of individuals and communities define systemic approaches to foster well-being. It defines the interplay of one’s life circumstances, choices, and resilience — and that of their community.

We know that social determinants of health — or the conditions and environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age — are not equally weighted and are not equitably supportive of greater resilience.

  1. What are the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being?
  2. How does equitable access to Vital Conditions improve the well-being for all?
  3. How do we get more people to be part of the solution and believe in the purpose?

Facilitator:
Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Unboxable Health Consulting, LLC

Panelists:
Lauren A. Taylor, MDiv, MPH, PhD
Asst. Professor, NYU Langone School of Medicine
Co-author, American Health Care Paradox

Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, HealthBegins

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Panel 2: Reframing Prevention and Public Health

“Indiana offers lessons for public health advocates,” POLITICO reported when the state boosted public health funding by 1,500 percent.” How did Governor Holcomb and public health advocates gain buy-in for the resources and empowerment of local public health in Indiana’s conservative legislature? What lessons from their success can be applied to boost support for prevention and public health in other conservative and GOP-dominated states?

  1. How did Gov. Holcomb and advocates expand support for prevention and public health in a conservative state?
  2. How was the narrative framed to align with Hoosiers’ priorities and values?
  3. How does community health affect economic prosperity?
Chair:
Hon. Jermone M. Adams, MD, MPH
20th Surgeon General of the United States
Presidential Fellow, Executive Director of Purdue’s Health Equity Initiatives, and Distinguished Professor of Practice, Purdue University
Panelists:
Lindsay Weaver, MD, FACEP
Indiana State Health Commissioner
Howard “Luke” A. Kenley, JD
Former State Senator –Indiana

 

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Panel 3: Reducing the Mental Health Crisis and the Leading Cause of Death Together

Common mental health disorders are linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. As a result, experts in cardiac psychiatry – who focus on treating mental health issues in people with existing cardiac diseases – suspect the head-heart connection is bidirectional, with poor mental health potentially worsening heart health and heart health conditions upping chances of mental health issues. This session will address the mental health and the cardiovascular health connection and how we could simultaneously improve mental health and cardiometabolic health.

  1. Are people with depression and anxiety more prone to cardiovascular disease? Are people with cardiovascular disease more prone to anxiety and depression?
  2. What healthcare changes could improve both cardiovascular health and mental health?
  3. What upstream interventions prevent anxiety, depression, and cardiometabolic disease?
  4. How can we sound the call to action to reduce the U.S. mental health crisis and the leading cause of death (cardiovascular disease) together?

Conversation
Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH
Professor and Quality Officer, Heart & Vascular Service Line, Thomas Jefferson University
&
CAPT Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA

Mayor Guerrero on Equitably Improving Mental and Physical Health
John Clymer Interviews Mayor Martha Guerrero, West Sacramento, California

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  • Image of Celeste M. Phillip, MD, MPH
    Celeste M. Phillip, MD, MPH
    Chief Executive Officer, Unboxable Health Consulting
  • Image of Lauren A. Taylor, MDiv, MPH, PhD
    Lauren A. Taylor, MDiv, MPH, PhD
    Asst. Professor, NYU Langone School of Medicine
  • Image of Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
    Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
    Chief Executive Officer, HealthBegins
  • Image of Jermone M. Adams, MD, MPH
    Jermone M. Adams, MD, MPH
    20th Surgeon of the United States, Executive Director, Purdue University's Health Equity Initiatives
  • Image of Lindsey Weaver, MD, FACEP
    Lindsey Weaver, MD, FACEP
    Indiana State Health Commissioner
  • Image of Howard “Luke” A. Kenley, JD
    Howard “Luke” A. Kenley, JD
    Former State Senator - Indiana
  • Image of Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH
    Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH
    Professor and Quality Officer, Heart & Vascular Service Line, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Image of CAPT Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
    CAPT Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
    Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA
  • Image of Martha Guerrero
    Martha Guerrero
    Mayor, West Sacramento, California
  • Image of John Clymer
    John Clymer
    Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  • Image of Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH
    Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH
    Chair, National Forum, Chief Medical Officer, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Image of Mandy K Cohen, MD, MPH
    Mandy K Cohen, MD, MPH
    Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention