Fighting Chronic Disease: The Missing Link in Health Reform

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and the Emory University Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions hosted a half-day symposium to discuss chronic disease in the context of health care reform. The event featured top health policy experts, Congressional leaders, and members of the media, business, labor, and health care communities.

A Webcast of this event will be provided by, a free news and information service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and available after 4:00 p.m. ET on June 6. Along with the webcast, a podcast, transcript, and related resources will also be available.

C-SPAN will be broadcasting taped portions of the event as well. A schedule of those broadcasts can be found here.

Hosted by:

Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

A keynote address by:

  • Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader

Panel discussions featuring:

  • Dick Gephardt, JD, Former House Majority Leader
  • Nancy Johnson, Former Congresswoman and Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chair
  • Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D., Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, and PFCD Advisory Board Member
  • Otis Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society
  • Mary Agnes Carey, Associate Editor, CQ HealthBeat
  • Jeanne Cummings, Chief Lobbying and Money Correspondent, Politico
  • Pat Ford-Roegner, MSW, RN, FAAN, CEO of the American Academy of Nursing, and PFCD Advisory Board Member
  • John Harwood, New York Times reporter and CNBC D.C. Bureau Chief
  • Patrick Mattingly, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dialog
  • Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal reporter
  • Nancy Nielsen, MD, Ph.D., President-elect of the American Medical Association
  • Chris Viehbacher, President of U.S. Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline

Remarks from:

  • James Wagner, Ph.D., President of Emory University (Video Message)
  • Andy Stern, President of Service Employees International Union (Video Message)

Download the program.

Panelists' Bios:
Download biographies of the panelists.