What’s trending in health and wellness?

Highlights from the conversation about #HealthMatters2017

By Elise Barnes, Digital Engagement Manager, Clinton Foundation

How can we improve health in our communities? Hundreds of leaders in health care, business, and philanthropy sought to answer this question at the Clinton Foundation’s Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit.

As President Clinton and experts discussed on stage at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, many weighed in online using Twitter and Facebook. Keep reading for highlights from the conversation about #HealthMatters2017.

We all do better when we work together

To kick off the event, President Clinton and experts discussed the important role that communities can play in improving health for all.

Government officials, organizations, and businesses shared stories of what works in their communities and announced new efforts.

Diagnosing health disparities

The second panel explored health equity — the notion that a person’s health should not be determined by social or demographic factors, such as geography…


…or physical and mental abilities.

Ending the opioid epidemic

As the Washington Post reports, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2015, exceeding the number killed by guns for the first time. In a conversation broadcast through Facebook Live, President Clinton discussed solutions — from existing antidotes to moonshots — with several experts on the matter.

Throughout the conversation, many emphasized the importance of confronting stigmas, which can be evident even in the language we use to talk about this disease.

This followed an announcement that the Clinton Foundation and Adapt Pharma are working together to offer more than 40,000 doses of naloxone — a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdose — to colleges across the country.

We can all play a role in building healthier communities. Share your ideas using #HealthMatters2017.