PFCD Releases Second Annual Almanac of Chronic Disease

The Impact of Chronic Disease on U.S. Health and Prosperity: A Call to Action for Health Reform

On May 14, 2009, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease released the 2009 edition of its annual publication, The Almanac of Chronic Disease, during a breakfast event at the National Press Club. The Almanac is a collection of charts, quotes and statistics about the burden of chronic disease in the U.S., with a particular emphasis on the importance of chronic disease prevention and management for economic recovery in the U.S.

Above (from left): Tracey Moorhead, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance; Audrey Haynes, YMCA of the USA; Larry Gage, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH); Pat Ford-Roegner, American Academy of Nursing; Christopher Badgley, PhRMA; Ginny Wangerin, Iowa Nurses Association; Ken Thorpe, PFCD; Richard Carmona, PFCD


  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006); President, Canyon Ranch Institute; and Chairperson, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Virginia "Ginny" Wangerin, R.N., M.S.N., President, Iowa Nurses Association

The following sponsors of the Almanac were seated at the panel with the speakers:

  • Chris Badgley, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, PhRMA
  • Pat Ford-Roegner, President & CEO, American Academy of Nursing
  • Larry Gage, President, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
  • Tracey Moorhead, President & CEO, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance
  • Audrey Haynes, Senior Vice President, YMCA of the USA

Two other Almanac sponsors, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, were unable to participate but their contribution was recognized.


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Above: Sen. Tom Harkin speaks at the event

Above: Ken Thorpe, PFCD Executive Director, delivers remarks