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Oct21

Chronic Disease: Solving this Public Health Epidemic

Chronic, non-communicable diseases now account for more than 83 percent of the $3.8 trillion the US spends on health care. Not surprisingly the percentage is significantly higher among Medicare patients, with an increasing number of patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease joins with local Oregon leaders in the fight against chronic disease -- featuring the Oregon Medical Association, American Diabetes Association and One in Four Chronic Health -- to host an interactive discussion forum in Portland, Oregon, to examine the social and economic impact of chronic disease and explore efforts underway to solve this public health epidemic.

Oct02

Obesity in America - what it means for our economy

Luncheon discussion regarding the obesity and its impact on the U.S. economy and health with an emphasis on Washington state. The event will examine work that is being done on a local level, national trends, and the role of government in this arena.

A panel discussion will feature:

  • Ken Thorpe, Ph.D, Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Tommy G. Thompson, Former Governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
  • Dr. Lenna Liu, Seattle Children's Research Institute
  • Dr. Ellen Schur, UW Nutrition and Obesity Research Centre
  • Emily Cooper, Founder and Medical Director, Diabesity Research Foundation

Sep17

Cancer and employment: managing work during a health crisis

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.

Jun26

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.

Jun25

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.

Jun18

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

Jun13

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. 

May09

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.

May05

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

Apr09

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