Upcoming Events


Obesity in America - what it means for our economy

You are invited to a VIP reception and lunch with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.  Key Note speaker Governor Thompson will discuss issues associated with this chronic disease.

October 2, 2014
11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.

Seattle Chamber of Commerce 1301 5th Ave #1500 Seattle, WA


Cancer and employment: managing work during a health crisis

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During a lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. Medical advances allowing earlier diagnosis and less taxing treatment regimens have not only extended survival, but also enabled cancer patients to remain at work during treatment.

Employers play a major role in helping cancer patients and survivors stay gainfully employed during and after treatment, but many admit needing help navigating the many sensitive issues that arise. Understanding the personal, employment, and legal issues involved can be a challenge to navigate raising many policy implications.

Past Events


Chronic Disease, Productivity, and Policy Implications

Did you know that more than 3 out 4 federal workers has at least one chronic condition? That less than a third is currently being treated? That productivity losses just for the federal workforce amount to more than $6 billion a year and the equivalent of 26,000 people not showing up at work each day? The costs of chronic diseases clearly extend well beyond the costs of medical care.


Top Tips for Creating a Healthy, Engaged Workforce

Healthy company cultures drive productivity and engagement. With these issues and healthcare costs directly impacting the bottom line, National Employee Wellness Month highlights the workplace’s role in helping create healthy employees, and how they’ll mold a better business. This important month helps business leaders learn how to successfully engage employees by creating healthy cultures that improve their well-being while boosting engagement and productivity and lowering healthcare costs.


Obesity Awareness News Conference

Join former Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson and Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, James K. Haveman for a news conference on obesity awareness:

Wednesday, June 18 2014
Michigan Capitol Building,

110 S. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Speakers Library (Third Floor, at the end of the West Corridor)

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


Chinatown YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Health Fair

The Chinatown YMCA is hosting a health fair on June 13th for senior citizens and the community at large, as a part of the celebration around the PhRMA funded Chinese translation of the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program materials.  The YMCA have invited some community partners such as the Partnership for a Healthier NY, Whole Foods, and the Charles B Wang Community Center to share information on diabetes awareness. 


Exploring Healthcare Quality From a Patient Perspective

Healthcare is moving towards paying for quality, but what does that really mean? You are invited to join the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) for a webinar and conference call discussion to learn more and share your opinions on what good health and high quality care mean to you.


Fighting Chronic Disease and Obesity

With Special Guests:

  • Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chairman, PFCD;
  • Tommy Thompson, Fmr. Governor (WI) and Fmr. Sec. of US Health and Human Services;
  • Dr. Paul Cunningham, Dean of Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University; and
  • Andrea Layton, RNBC, CDE, Director, Outpatient Lifestyle & Disease Management Duke Raleigh Hospital


Addressing Our Senior Obesity Crisis

Please join us Wednesday April 9th for a forum addressing our senior obesity crisis.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Lecture Room 6 – 4th Floor
Refreshments will be provided


Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Navigating the New Terrain

This year to commemorate National Workplace Wellness Week, the Chamber’s event - "Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Navigating the New Terrain” – will be held on April 7th from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Washington D.C.

PFCD Chairman Ken Thorpe will be moderating a panel discussion on The Business Case for Equity of Care Health. This panel will focus on equities and outcomes based disparities: transitioning from health disparities to health equity; and achieving better health at a lower cost by understanding how outcomes vary throughout regions.


Come to the Table Summit

On Feb. 27, 2014, ProMedica and the Alliance are holding Come to the Table, a half-day summit in Washington, D.C., to encourage other healthcare organizations to also address hunger as a health issue and federal legislators to protect food-related programs and policies.


Innovative Support Programs for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

While biomedical innovations in cancer treatment have increased survival rates, and in many cases enhanced the quality of life, there is still an increasing shift of patient care from the inpatient to the outpatient settings. Those changes mean patients, caregivers, employers, and payors are playing new roles in cancer treatment and recovery. These shifts in care settings place an increased burden of care outside the formal health care system and raise important policy implications, especially as the toll of chronic diseases in the U.S. continues to accelerate and impact our economy.