American Indian Cancer Foundation CEO to be Part of Panel at Clinton Presidential Center on Monday, April 10

American Indian Cancer Foundation CEO Kristine Rhodes

Published April 8, 2017

LITTLE ROCKAmerican Indian Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kristine Rhodes (Anishinaabe, Fond du Lac and Bad River Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa) has been chosen to participant on a panel at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative on Monday, April 10. 2017.

President Bill Clinton, and the featured panelists, and participants will discuss and identify solutions that can improve health across America at the Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit, a yearly convening of leaders working in health care, technology, business, education, sports, and government.

 “I am proud to share a Native perspective on this panel on how the American Indian Cancer Foundation works in collaboration with Tribes and partners across many sectors to build relationships and leverage resources for improving the health of Native communities across Indian Country,” said Rhodes to Native News Online on Friday.

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others by working to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, and close health inequity and disparity gaps by improving access to key contributors to health of all people.

Key themes at this year’s Summit will include strategies for creating healthier communities, investing in health equity, and ending the opioid and prescription drug epidemic.

Announcements at this year’s Summit will include:

  • A new offering from Harvard Medical School to address issues of opioid addiction and dependency;
  • An expansion of Adapt Pharma’s Narcan® (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray Schools Program;
  • An overview of CHMI’s expansion to San Diego to improve the health of the most vulnerable children across the County;
  • A plan from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and its partners to address unplanned pregnancies at community colleges and universities in the state;
  • An update on CHMI’s Knox County, IL Blueprint for Action, a framework that aims to improve health and well-being in the community, which was unveiled in February 2017; and,
  • An award for health professional training programs providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education in their communities.

Featured participants include President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and Founder, Clinton Foundation; Dr. Raul Ruiz, Congressman, U.S. Representative (California’s 36th District); Gillian Sealy, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Stephanie Streett, Executive Director, Clinton Foundation; Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Mike Kelly, U.S. President, Adapt Pharma; Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Drew Boshell, Senior Vice President, Sport and Health, Special Olympics; Dr. Judith Feinberg, Professor, Behavior Medicine & Psychiatry, WVU School of Medicine; Catherine Finn, Deputy Editor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard X; Dr. Kim Janda, Ely R. Callaway, Jr. Chaired Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Immunology and Director, Worm Institute for Research & Medicine, and Skaggs Scholar, The Scripps Research Institute; Diana Martin, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Dr. Dan W. Rahn, Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Research Professor, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, University of Vermont, and Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine; Kristine Rhodes, CEO, American Indian Cancer Foundation; Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions.

The agenda for the conference is below. Watch the live webcast on April 10 at, and follow along on Twitter @ClintonFdn using the hashtag #HealthMatters2017


Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit


Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201


Monday, April 10, 2017




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