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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Community Health
There is a large pool of healing resources and practitioners in communities that can be mobilized to create a network focused on keeping people healthy. Featured is a partial list of our speakers who address the topic of Community Health care. We invite you to contact us 503-345-9164 so that we may offer our Top Choices - based on your meeting goals, audience and budget.
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the proposed healthcare legislation and its implications for our future. His blog: "The Incidental Economist" is one of the most widely read health policy blogs in the world and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Huffington Post on health research and policy. His YouTube channel, "Healthcare Triage" received the 2015 National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award.

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Bruce Clark, DPH
Bruce Clark, DPH
One of America's foremost visionaries and authorities on the healthcare, business and marketing implications of the "new consumer," Dr. Clark co-founded Age Wave LLC., the leading marketing communication firm specializing in baby boomers and mature consumers. Many of his groundbreaking business initiatives in healthcare have significantly defined this emerging market niche. A nationally acclaimed speaker, he has published extensively and is called on frequently by the national media for his candid observations and strikingly accurate predictions. He has held senior management positions with National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NIH), the National Center for Health Education, the Healthcare Forum and the Healthcare Forum Journal.

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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., a psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker says that "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome." He is an authority in health and wellness, healing, leadership, authenticity and surviving in rapidly changing times. A master storyteller, he uses his stories to illustrate that the future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease. For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world.

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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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Stuart Altman
Stuart Altman
Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia. He has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels and is recognized as a leader in the health care field. Modern Healthcare, Celebrating 30 Years, listed Stuart Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years; and, for the past six years, they named him among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

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Holly Atkinson, MD
Holly Atkinson, MD
Always candid, never afraid to "tell it like it is," Dr. Holly Atkinson guides audiences through the challenges that consumers face today including health care reform, women's health issues and the glut of medical information reported in the media. She sends her audiences home with the ability to be more intelligent about exercising their health care options, and more informed and less confused about medical issues currently confronting them. Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Atkinson is currently medical editor-in-chief of EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health sites on the Internet. She is immediate past-president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-profit organization, Physicians for Human Rights.

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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David Cutler
David Cutler
David Cutler, Harvard Professor of health economics and author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, by Roger Lowenstein titled: The Quality Cure. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was senior health care advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

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Zubin Damania, MD
Zubin Damania, MD
Through personal anecdotes extracted from a lifetime of exposure and experience working in the medical field, Zubin inspires healthcare groups, corporations, non-profits, and associations alike. He challenges their teams to examine their own industry's traditions. Under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, Zubin's YouTube videos have gone viral with millions of views, educating patients and providers alike while satirizing the dysfunctions of our healthcare system. He shows audiences how powerful the combination of passion, creativity, and persistence can be. And of course, his talks brim with the same comedic spin that keep the YouTube viewers coming back.. Zubin has been featured in Forbes as well as in the Morgan Spurlock Documentary, "The Downtown Project," about the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. She also serves as the Senior health policy adviser for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is past editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy. She also served as the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008, and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. A frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show, she is a graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution.

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Joe Greer, MD
Joe Greer, MD
At the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony President Barack Obama said, 'It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: 'If we don't fight injustice, who will?' In 1994 Joe was named by Time magazine as one of "America's 50 Young American Leaders Under 40" as well as receiving the CBS/Newsweek Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. He was one of 10 recipients of the Caring Award based on his vision of a clinic to treat the poor and homeless populations of Miami, later chronicled in his book: "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most."

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Regina Herzlinger
Regina Herzlinger
Called America's leading advocate for market-driven, consumer-oriented health reform, Regina Herzlinger is one of the country's most respected health care analysts. Dubbed by Money magazine as the "godmother of consumer-driven healthcare," she is known for her pioneering research, analyses, and predictions in the areas of managed care, consumer-driven healthcare and healthcare focused factories - two terms that she coined. Also the first woman ever to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School, she is the university's Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration.

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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan
A prolific writer and award-winning journalist, Stephen Kiernan's true-life stories focus on the disparities in healthcare, and a sense of disconnection that people feel distress, anxiety, and prolonged belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Brought to the stage in word and video, his program is inspirational, educational and defines a path we can follow in sustaining the strength of our country. Stephen features individuals whose work made economic, as well as humanitarian, sense. Also their projects could be replicated in other communities. An uplifting message delivering positive results!

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Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt
Michael O. Leavitt, founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, former three times Governor of Utah, and cabinet member for George Bush serving as chairman of Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services offers new solutions for solving the health care crisis, advocating fiscal responsibility and higher standards for quality care. Renowned for his strategic reasoning, incisive intellect and profound acuity, Michael Leavitt captivates audiences with his mastery of global health, commerce and policy issues and translates them into powerful, pragmatic perspectives in a compelling, straight-forward style.

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Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen is the Founder of "because I said I would." Through his philanthropic work, his personal commitments and the stories of his supporters, Alex speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of keeping a promise. His work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, the TODAY show, Steve Harvey, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, NPR and many other programs. Alex has spoken at over 110 events in 2014 and is a three-time TEDx closing speaker. He has spoken to audiences ranging from middle schools to the world’s largest consulting firm.

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Cass Wheeler
Cass Wheeler
Cass Wheeler served as the CEO of the American Heart Association from 1997 until 2008. Under his leadership the association launched numerous award winning public health programs including Go Red For Women and Get With the Guidelines. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and on the boards of Legacy and the National Council on Aging and previously served on the boards of the National Health Council, Partnership for Prevention, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Research! America. He is the author of You've Gotta Have Heart: Achieving Purpose Beyond Profit in the Social Sector, dedicated to further increase the effectiveness of the non profit sector.

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Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman, FACHE, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairview Red Wing Health Services from 1998-2012. He led the creation of one of the nation\'s first rural integrated community health systems. On a state level, he is a former Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association . Currently Scott is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Policy and Advocacy, and Chairman of the MHA\'s Workforce Development Committees. On a national level, he is a member of the American Hospital Association\'s Long Range Policy Committee. Scott is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

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  • US Medical care illustrated by flag and stethoscope

    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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  • Happy group of adult friends having fun

     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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