2019 Annual Meeting

17th Annual Meeting: Catalyst for Collaboration - October 30, 2019






The National Forum 17th Annual Meeting, “Catalyst for Collaboration,” will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G ST, NW, Washington, DC 20005, from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT.



“It takes a village, and that’s why the National Forum exists: to bring stakeholders together to identify prevention strategies, then use our collective voice to drive action and create urgency around those strategies. The National Forum Annual Meeting is an important moment to share our successes, showcase best practices and energize our efforts for the coming year.”
– Laura Gordon, Chair, National Forum Board of Directors
and CEO,
I-ACT for Children

Annual Meeting Goals

The goals for the 2019 Annual Meeting, “Catalyst for Collaboration” are:

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


Find Out Why You Should Attend the Annual Meeting

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20019 National Forum Annual Meeting Registration

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2019 National Forum Annual Meeting Sponsorship

The National Forum’s Annual Meeting convenes over 100 thought leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to share information and strategies to improve cardiovascular health.  Speakers at past meetings have included the U.S. Surgeon General and other Health and Human Services officials, leaders in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, academia, public health, and health plans; plus unexpected thought leaders such as the Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff, mayors and philanthropists.

Participants say this meeting is uniquely valuable to them.

  • Rod Wooten, Worldwide Franchise Head, Cardio-Renal-Metabolic Diseases at Novartis says, “What I value about the National Forum meeting is that I get to listen to perspectives that I may not agree with or don’t understand as well as I should, and take those back to my organization.”
  • Janet Wright, former Million Hearts® Executive Director, now in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, says, “I look forward to the National Forum Annual Meeting because it is a caldron, a place where ideas are exchanged, where practical experience is shared, where I get good ideas to prevent heart attack and stroke.”
  • Jennifer Robinson, Director of the Prevention Intervention Center at the University of Iowa, says, “It is a group of thought leaders and people from around the country who are engaged in preventing heart disease and stroke. These are the key people. We activate them and their practices to treat cholesterol and really make advances for heart disease and stroke prevention.”

Sponsors are recognized from the podium and in signage, the program book and promotional messages and, with National Forum approval, can publicize their sponsorship in marketing communications. Additionally, executives from sponsors are invited to participate in the meeting, to gain insights from leaders in the patient, provider, public health, payer and pharma/biotech arenas, make new contacts and explore collaboration with National Forum members. Find detailed Sponsorship options here.