Mental Health, the Internet of Wellbeing and Age-Proofing America on the Menu at the 2017 Lake Nona Impact Forum

More than 250 of the nation’s top health care entrepreneurs and innovators, academics, government officials and other thought leaders will discuss and develop solutions to improve health, wellbeing and sustainable living throughout the world at the 2017 Lake Nona Impact Forum held Feb. 15-17 in Lake Nona, Orlando, Fla. The 5th annual Impact Forum will feature a series of collaborative, action-oriented discussions about the impact of healthy community innovation; sports health and performance; progress and challenges in advancing mental health care; and promising health care technologies and start-ups, among other topics.

“The health care environment is changing at an unprecedented speed.  By convening some of the world’s most brilliant minds at the Lake Nona Impact Forum, we are able to put innovative thought into action that improves health, wellbeing and sustainable living at home and around the globe,” said Gloria Caulfield, Executive Director of the Lake Nona Institute.

This year’s presentations and conversations will be led by some of the nation’s foremost health and wellness leaders, including keynote speaker Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, the Impact Forum will feature discussions about some of the most pressing health care issues today: the Affordable Care Act and universal health insurance, health care innovations for an aging population, America’s most costly chronic disease – diabetes, mental health care, technological advances impacting personal wellbeing and health, and the crisis in youth sports. A special panel will convene four of the most recent U.S. Surgeons General who will discuss public health for the 21st century.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, Joint Appointment, Wharton School and School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Founding Chair, Clinical Center of the NIH; Former Special Advisor on health policy, Office of Management and Budget
  • Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author and Futurist; A Director of Engineering, Google
  • Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., U.S. Surgeon General
  • David Satcher, Antonia Novello, Richard Carmona and Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeons General
  • Margaret Trudeau, former First Lady of Canada and mental health advocate
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder, The Chopra Foundation; Co-Founder, Center for Wellbeing
  • Jeff Arnold, Founder and CEO of Sharecare
  • Michael Johnson, American sprinter, Olympic gold medalist, eight-time World Champion
  • Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA
  • Annika Sorenstam, professional golfer
  • Charles Woodson, ESPN analyst and NFL Hall of Famer
  • Steven Krein, Co-founder and CEO of StartUp Health
  • Kevin Hagan, CEO of the American Diabetes Association
  • Frans Johannson, Founder and CEO, The Medici Group
  • Sean Nolan, President and CEO of AveXis

The three-day symposium, developed by the Lake Nona Institute, is an invitation-only event inspired by the Aspen Institute, TED Conferences and the Clinton Global Initiative platforms. The event is set in Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile integrated, master-designed community in Orlando, home to one of the fastest-growing health and life sciences clusters in the nation and a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community that is the current focus of a longitudinal study by Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness known as the Lake Nona Life Project.

To help develop innovative solutions to challenges in achieving optimum health and related technology, the 2017 Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted at the health and life sciences cluster of Lake Nona Medical City; host venues include the Orlando VA Medical Center, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the University of Florida Research & Academic Center, and the GuideWell Innovation Center.

The 2017 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by Johnson & Johnson, along with Founding Sponsors: Cisco, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, GuideWell Innovation, Sharecare, and Tavistock Foundation; Impact Sponsors: KPMG, Integrated Wellness Partners, Technogym, Florida Hospital, and Citibank; Medical City Partners: Nemours Children’s Health System, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, UF Health; and Contributing Sponsors: Dr. Phillips Charities, PepsiCo, Roche, the United States Tennis Association, Tavistock Life Sciences and the Mayo Clinic.

To learn more about the Lake Nona Impact Forum and the Lake Nona Institute, visit and  Follow us on Twitter at @LN_ Institute and at You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #LNIF17.

Sharecare’s Jeff Arnold: Leaders Who Learn

Leaders Who Learn: The Lake Nona Experience

By Jeff Arnold

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As I mentioned in my blog last week, we’re in the midst of a very busy – and inspiring – time to work in digital health. Last Thursday and Friday were no exception as I had the good fortune to spend time with some of the most well respected voices in health at the Lake Nona Impact Forum. From CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Johnson & Johnson worldwide chairman Sandi Peterson and Deepak Chopra to name a few, the roster of speakers was impressive. However, it’s refreshing – and unique – to see such respected thought leaders in the audience listening to other speakers. Everyone attends the Impact Forum to participate, including someone I had the pleasure to interview on stage, Dr. David Satcher.

The 16th Surgeon General of the United States, former director of the CDC and founder of theSatcher Health Leadership Institute, Dr. Satcher spent far more time listening at the Impact Forum than he did talking – but when he spoke, he made it count. At one point during our fireside chat, he articulated a very complex concept in the simplest of language: “Talent is distributed evenly. Opportunities are not,” and explained that it is our collective responsibility to ensure opportunities are, in fact, evenly distributed when it comes to healthcare.

Dr. Satcher’s comments are a strong reminder of why we built Sharecare: to provide all people with the health information and tools they need, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

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Lake Nona Impact Forum Closes with Call to Innovate

The 4th annual Lake Nona Impact Forum concluded with a call to the innovators shaping future health technologies and the physical shape of our communities. Panelists included entrepreneurs from startup to Fortune 500 and researchers delving into the factors that truly make a community – and a population – healthy.

A core theme of Friday’s discussion focused on the challenges on innovation, celebrating those who took ideas and turned them to action. From the vast teams at PepsiCo and Nestle to how Pfizer sees collaboration as the road to patient-centric solutions, companies see the rise of individual “patient-activists” and “citizen-scientists” demanding a voice in their health and purchases. The R&D ecosystem continues to grow in unprecedented ways, with patient engagement and cross-industry collaborations bringing new approaches to tackling diseases. Innovation takes time and partnerships to be successful, panelists agreed, but transformative change requires entrepreneurs to bring new ideas together and bridge industries.

Health technology innovations is one area where that optimism is being realized. Singularity University’s Dr. Daniel Kraft detailed how health care is transforming from an intermittent, reactive process to a continual and proactive one. Technology is driving that process, he said, as is the preventative approach and growing on-demand technologies like 3D printing and telemedicine. The next step in health and prevention is patients owning their own data through advances in wearables and accessible diagnostics. Controlling personal data and health information allows patients to better shift their behavior, a process through which connected, digital health simply becomes “health.”

Improving those behavioral health factors should include considering our physical environments as well, says Dan Buettner, author of “Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” His research identified the Power 9 lessons, covering the shared traits of the longest-lived people. Key among them are natural exercise, a sense of purpose, stress reduction, a thoughtful, primarily plant-based diet, and connection to family, faith and friends. While all communities may not be positioned to execute all nine perfectly, targeting changes in our choices and built spaces can have a dramatic effect on the health and happiness of our populations.

To fully transform health care, all of these changes discussed at the Impact Forum require action: better data collection, improved patient engagement, more powerful computing and strong new collaborations. The purpose of the Lake Nona Impact Forum is to keep these conversations going throughout the year, to prioritize and act upon them, test and refine them here at Lake Nona Medical City’s “living lab,” and make an impact on the world.