2019 Annual Meeting

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



9:05 AM – Welcome & Introductions
9:05 AM – National Forum Signature Report: Heart Failure Tsunami
9:55 AM – Impact of Cardiovascular Health on National Security
11:00 AM – Removing Policy and System Barriers to Cardiovascular Health: Implementing Practices on Payer/Purchaser Coverage
1:05 PM – Reaching Cardiovascular Health Goals
2:45 PM – Million Hearts® 2022
2:50 PM – Closing and Call to Action

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Welcome & Introductions

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.        Opening Remarks

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


Panel 1

9:05 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

National Forum Signature Report: Heart Failure Tsunami

The rising incidence of heart failure together with a fast-growing Medicare population threaten health and the economy.

How can we collaborate to prevent CVD and heart failure?

Moderator Mark McEwen

Author of National Forum Signature Report, Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH, Director of Research Clinics, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

Betsy McKay, Senior Writer on U.S. and Global Public Health, The Wall Street Journal

David Goff, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Connie Hwang, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Director of Clinical Innovation, Alliance of Community Health Plans

Check out the Signature Report and the Wall Street Journal article that highlights the report


Panel 2

9:55 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.    Impact of Cardiovascular Health on National Security

Cardiovascular health affects Military recruitment, force readiness, service member well-being and the Defense budget. How can we collaborate to make communities healthier and strengthen national security?

Moderator – Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director, Provider Resources, Inc.

CAPT Kimberly Elenberg, DNP, MSN, Director, Total Force Fitness, Defense Health Agency
Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), Department of Defense

Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA, CEO, National Association of County and City Health Officials

Benjamin Goodman, National Director, Mission: Readiness & Champions for America’s Future


Networking Break

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 3

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Removing Policy and System Barriers to Cardiovascular Health: Implementing Best Practices on Payer/Purchaser coverage

CDC’s 6|18 Initiative connects healthcare purchasers, payers and providers with CDC researchers, economists, and policy analysts to find ways to improve health and control costs through evidence-based interventions in high burden health conditions. It is a Catalyst for Collaboration between Payers and Public Health. How can we spark action to spread the reach of 6|18?

Moderator: Michael A. Cropp, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Independent Health

Government – Christopher D. Jones, PhD, MSW, Deputy Director (acting), Population Health and Healthcare Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director

Clinical Systems – Timothy W. Attebery, DSc, MBA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology

Policy – Barry M. Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Purchaser – Michael Thompson, President and CEO, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Lunch & Networking

Noon – 12:30 p.m.

National Forum Annual Business Meeting, National Forum Awards

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The National Forum annually recognizes individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to heart disease and stroke prevention. This year’s awardees.

Panel 4

1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Reaching Cardiovascular Health Goals

There is growing recognition that we must collaborate across sectors to improve cardiovascular health.  What do we need to do differently to reduce risk factors in the US and how can we work together to make this happen?

Moderator – Kimberly Stitzel, MS, RD, Immediate Past-Chair, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Founder and Principle of Stitzel Health and Well-being Strategies

Academia – Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer, Dean of Nursing, The Ohio State University

Healthcare – Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, President, Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Group Association

Government – Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, RADM, US Public Health Service, Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Member Engagement

2:05 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Directional Pursuit in the Cardiovascular Arena – Hypertension

How can we, as members of the National Forum, align our efforts, build upon our assets and take a coordinated approach to reducing heart disease, stroke and related disparities by addressing hypertension?

Facilitator – Trent Wakenight, Market Ninja

Million Hearts® 2022

2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Laurence S. Sperling, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASPC
Executive Director, Million Hearts®


Closing and Call to Action 

2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



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