The Foundation at Work: Presidential Advice to Emerging Leaders and Improving Health in Our Communities
At the Clinton Foundation, we work together with partners in creative new ways to address challenges here at home and abroad. The updates from our work over the past couple weeks below feature that commitment to creativity and partnership — including presidential advice to emerging leaders, Chelsea Clinton on ways to address the opioid epidemic, updates from Health Matters on their work in communities across the country, and a collaboration with Days of Our Lives. This is the Clinton Foundation at work.
PRESIDENT CLINTON & PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SHARE ADVICE WITH LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS
For Presidents’ Day this year, we shared some of the best stories from past years’ Presidential Leadership Scholars program. In this video clip, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush share why they are working together to empower and cultivate the next generation of leaders to improve lives across their communities and around the world through the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Also, check out this read from a Presidential Leadership Scholar in the Austin Business Journal on “seeking common ground.”
CHELSEA CLINTON ON THE U.S. OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Chelsea Clinton penned a piece for a new BBC series to discuss the U.S. opioid epidemic and efforts underway by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to address it. Just as CHAIs work around HIV/AIDS medicines brought partners together to change markets and distribution systems, Chelsea identifies that addressing this epidemic means needing new partners across health and education spaces now more than ever.
INCREASING ACCESS TO FRESH FOOD IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative and its partners recently announced the opening of a new outdoor fresh food market in Northeast Florida. The market will give residents a much needed opportunity to buy fresh, local foods in an area that has been classified as a food desert by the USDA. Increasing access to healthy and fresh foods is part of CHMI’s broader Community Health Transformation strategy for Northeast Florida.
UNVEILING A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Last week, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative unveiled the Knox County Blueprint for Action — a framework that the Clinton Foundation will implement within the next three years to improve health and well-being in the community. The blueprint was covered by the local Galesburg Register Mail. Beyond Knox County, CHMI’s is transforming health communities in Adams County, Mississippi; the Coachella Valley of California; Central Arkansas; Northeast Florida; and Greater Houston, Texas.
EARLY LITERACY TAKES CENTER STAGE ON NBC’S DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Popular daytime drama Days of Our Lives joined the nine television shows that have incorporated Too Small to Fail’s messaging about the importance of talking, reading, and singing with young children into their programs. In the episode, character Chad DiMera hosts a charitable reading challenge and stresses to an audience the importance of reading with children. You can watch the full clip and learn more about the collaboration on Medium.
A FIELD DAY IN MALAWI
The Clinton Development Initiative and its partner AgriFocus, which provides agricultural productivity solutions to both smallholder farmers and large scale operators throughout Africa, recently held a field day at CDI’s Mpherero farm. Together they trained more than 182 farmers on improved agronomic techniques and weed management, focusing on alternatives to traditional, manual weeding.
WOMEN POWERING THE FUTURE
As we gear up for International Women’s Day, the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Fiona Wilson attended last month’s Women in Energy convening at the African Energy Indaba and in a recent Medium post, reflects on her experience, the women she heard from, and why a gender perspective is vital to a sustainable future.
Other Clinton Foundation partners have been featured for helping women. Fast Company featured Kuli Kuli as they expand the company to bring the superfood moringa to more stores and empower women smallholder farmers in Haiti along the way. The Stanford Social Innovation Review featured the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) for its work with the Clinton Foundation to place their students as interns in the women-owned businesses that are part of the Women’s Economic Participation Consortium — a joint program between the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti and No Ceilings initiatives.