New programs and partnerships aimed at creating healthier communities, building health equity, and ending the opioid and prescription drug epidemic were announced at the Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Activation Summit earlier this week.
The sixth annual convening of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative brought together leaders in the fields of health care, technology, business, education, sports, and government to discuss ways to improve the health and well-being of communities across the United States. New efforts announced at the summit include an expansion of Adapt Pharma's Narcan® (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray Schools Program, which will donate more than forty thousand doses of the spray to nearly five thousand U.S. colleges and universities; a plan from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and its partners to address unplanned pregnancies at community colleges and universities in the state; and the creation of an award by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognizing health professional training programs designed to provide nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling in local communities.
"When we started the Clinton Health Matters Initiative six years ago, we knew that our country faced urgent health issues and too many barriers to access," said former President Bill Clinton. "The key to making improvements is to give people real solutions to real problems — and if you hit upon a good solution, then regionalize it, nationalize it, and try to replicate it in more places so more people can benefit. I look forward to coming back next year to see what today's conversations have yielded, because the most important thing is to take all these good ideas and start putting them into action."