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CEO Serves As Expert For Local Clinton Health Matters Initiative

December 13th, 2012 – Posted by Betty Ford Center in Media
Tags: CHMI Coachella Valley


John Schwarzlose, CEO Emeritus of the Betty Ford Center, was recently invited to serve as a content expert for the ‘Clinton Health Matters Initiative Coachella Valley Blueprint’ development session.

The vision of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) is to improve the health and well-being of all people in the United States by activating individuals, communities, and corporations to contribute to the health of others through individual, systems, and investment actions.

The Coachella Valley, along with the Greater Little Rock area, is one of the first two communities of focus for CHMI. As a content expert, Mr. Schwarzlose was asked to help provide additional context and maintain a focus on evidence-based practices as the process unfolds.

“Appropriately, the Betty Ford Center was asked to be available to guarantee that alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues are part of the overall health strategies developed,” said Mr. Schwarzlose.  “The Coachella Valley – with its amazing disparity of income and education levels – is a true learning laboratory for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.”

During the session community participants were guided through the processes of:
1) Setting a five-year vision;
2) Assessing the current strengths, challenges, threats and opportunities impacting the vision; and
3) Identifying and prioritizing bold actions that will advance the vision.

Mirroring the overall measures of success for CHMI, success of this place-based initiative will include: 1) the number of citizens taking meaningful action to contribute to the health and well-being of others: 2) an improvement of key preventable disease measures and health and well-being indicators, as well as a reduction in healthcare costs associated with preventable disease in the targeted region; and 3) the number of and economic impact of commitments made by corporations and organizations to contribute to the health and well-being of others.

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