ORLANDO (February 27, 2020) – The first white paper of a series authored by R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP, president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health System, calls attention to the direct connection between healthy children and long term U.S. economic growth and security. The white paper, How Children Can Transform the Economy…And Health Care was released today at the 8th Annual Lake Nona Impact Forum in Orlando.

“Strategic investments in children’s health and well-being can generate a significant return to the economic health of the United States,” said Moss. “We must seize the opportunity to change how we define health in children that will improve long-term workforce productivity for the next generation of adults and drive the American economy for years to come.”

Moss describes how moving  to a “pay-for-health” system of care and addressing the social determinants of health in children, can have a dramatic impact on the nation’s entire health care system. Children account for only about 7% of total medical care spending yet will soon become 100% of the adult population. “The benefits of intervention in childhood are seen across a lifetime and even impact the next generation,” says Moss. “These are smart, strategic investments for the future of our country.”

Recognizing that healthy children will lower overall health spending and improve the quality of the U.S. workforce, the paper outlines the actions Nemours is taking to have healthy children grow up to be healthy and productive adults. Specifically, Nemours has or has committed to the following:

  • Created a value-based services organization to support a culture shift in the payment model.
  • Adopted a population mindset to be accountable for children in the service area whether they seek medical care or not.
  • Partnered with organizations in addressing social determinants of health to apply each other’s areas of expertise and share the cross-sector rewards of improved child health and well-being.

“We are partnering with payers to develop pediatric-specific value-based payment programs and have developed the necessary infrastructure to execute. Our efforts to date have shown significant progress towards a paradigm shift that will lead to lower health care expenditures and better care for children,” said Jamie Clarke, Chief Value Officer at Nemours.

Making an effort through this paper to engage a broader set of private and public sector leaders to action, Dr. Moss paints a picture of a healthier and stronger America, “Our future is bright, just imagine a world where our economy is driven by the power of a truly healthy workforce. By making evidence-based changes in the way we “create” healthy children, we not only improve the quality of life for families, but we also improve workforce productivity and reduce health care-related costs to individuals, companies and governments/communities.”

The white paper, How Children Can Transform the Economy…And Health Care can be accessed at www.nemours.org/about/sdoh.html.  

About Nemours Children’s Health System

Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in six states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty, and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy, and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.

Speakers include Sanjay Gupta, Deepak Chopra, Russell Wilson, Brooke Shields, Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, CVS Health Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer Alan Lotvin, DEKA Research and Development President Dean Kamen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean of Faculty Michelle Williams, and Leaders of the American Medical Association, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(ORLANDO, Fla. Feb. 25, 2020) – The annual Lake Nona Impact Forum will convene 300 of the brightest minds and global thought leaders in health, wellbeing, and technology Feb. 26-28 in the innovative community of Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. The three-day forum will feature a series of in-depth, collaborative discussions about innovative approaches to health and wellbeing. In partnership with Fortune Media, the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum will explore a variety of timely topics including health care policy, solutions for the opioid epidemic, mental health and performance, the impact of smart technology, understanding medical cannabis, and game-changers in cancer treatment. 

This year’s Lake Nona Impact Forum speakers include Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean of Faculty Michelle Williams, Verizon Senior Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions Toby Redshaw, Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback and Founder of Limitless Minds Russell Wilson, Fortune President and CEO Alan Murray, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. President and CSO George D. Yancopoulos, KPMG Partner and Vice Chairman Laura Newinski, Massachusetts General Hospital Vice-Chair of Neurology Rudolph Tanzi, and American Medical Association CEO James Madara, along with returning speakers Sanjay Gupta and Deepak Chopra. These speakers will be joined by some of the nation’s foremost health and wellbeing experts and specialists for collaborative conversations that impact individuals, companies, communities and governments across the world. 

The Lake Nona Impact Forum sessions tackle a diverse range of important and intriguing topics. This year, leaders across business, sports, and entertainment are gathering to discuss the final frontier in medicine – the human brain. Different panels led by Brian Moynihan, Brooke Shields, Rudolph Tanzi, Mariel Hemingway, and Russell Wilson will explore the latest in mental health and performance. Returning for 2020, world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming will lead a conversation about the impact of music on healing with MIT Media Lab Academic Head Tod Machover. Fleming will also share the stage with composer Chloe Flower and recording artist Chris Mann for the first time with a special musical performance.

In addition to a notable line-up of speakers and sessions, the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum will also welcome the New York-based Urban Yogis to keep attendees active during the conference. Urban Yogis help introduce the transformative tools of yoga and meditation to at-risk and underprivileged youth and currently teach in the New York City Public School System and detention centers within their community resulting in drastic reductions in crime rates as an example. Co-founded by Erica Ford, renowned yoga teacher Eddie Stern, and Deepak Chopra, the Urban Yogis inspire their audiences to choose alternative pathways toward personal and social transformation.

“The wellbeing ecosystem extends beyond traditional health care and encompasses a large network of integrated elements that impact how we live,” said Lake Nona Institute Executive Director and co-Founder of the Impact Forum, Gloria Caulfield. “Every year, we are excited to gather some of the world’s most outstanding minds at the Lake Nona Impact Forum. We’re proud to facilitate the conversations and connections that can lead to scalable impact and the next great breakthroughs while these leaders are here in Lake Nona.”

Lake Nona, one of the country’s fastest-growing communities, epitomizes the whole ecosystem of wellbeing thanks to purposeful planning, a robust events calendar, miles of trails, intertwined parks and gathering spots, and a vibrant community art program. Home to top hospitals and research facilities, the U.S. Tennis Association National Campus, and Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, Lake Nona is a living lab where the latest technologies and innovative solutions are tested in a real-world environment. Lake Nona’s WHIT project, a model for the future of healthy homes led by the Lake Nona Institute, is one way the community incubates new ideas. During the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum, WHIT will showcase the latest technology from Verizon and View with demonstrations that show how these groundbreaking new advancements can impact the home and empower a healthier, happier lifestyle.

The Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted by the Lake Nona Institute – a nonprofit, community-focused organization that leads Lake Nona’s wellbeing initiatives. In addition to the Impact Forum, the Institute’s current projects include a longitudinal study known as the Lake Nona Life Project and WHIT.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD: Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting CIO, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Jeff Arnold: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Sharecare
  • Elizabeth Bradley, PhD: President, Vassar College 
  • Holly Benson: Executive Vice President, CEO, and President Health Care Enterprises, Centene
  • Dale E. Bredesen, MD: Professor, UCLA; Founding President and Professor Emeritus, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • John Hope Bryant: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.
  • Barry Byrne, MD, PhD: Professor and Associate Chair, University of Florida
  • Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS: 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona; Chairman, Lake Nona Impact Forum, Advisory Board
  • John F. Crowley: Chairman and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics
  • Renée Fleming: World Renowned Soprano and Artistic Advisor, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • William Frist, MD: Partner and Chairman, Cressey & Company Distinguished Executives Council
  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH: Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Patrick Geraghty: President and CEO, GuideWell and Florida Blue
  • Brett P. Giroir, MD: Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service; Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • K. Guru Gowrappan: CEO, Verizon Media
  • Patrice Harris, MD: President, American Medical Association
  • Mark Hoplamazian: President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Dean Kamen: President, DEKA Research and Development 
  • Eric Lefkofsky: Founder and CEO, Tempus; Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Groupon
  • Alan M. Lotvin, MD: Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, CVS Health
  • James Madara, MD: Executive Vice President and CEO, American Medical Association
  • R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP: President and CEO, Nemours Children’s Health System
  • Brian Moynihan: Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
  • Alan Murray: President and CEO, Fortune 
  • Laura Newinski: Partner and Vice Chairman, KPMG
  • Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI: President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, HCA Healthcare
  • Toby Redshaw: Senior Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions, Verizon
  • Brooke Shields: Actress, Model, and Author
  • Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD: Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, and Co-Director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health, Massachusetts General Hospital; Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Seema Verma: Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Nora Volkow, MD: Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Michelle Williams: Dean of Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Russell Wilson: Super Bowl Champion; Seattle Seahawks Quarterback; Founder, Limitless Minds 
  • George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD: President and CSO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

To help develop innovative solutions to challenges in achieving optimum health and related technology, the 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted in a health and life sciences cluster known as Lake Nona Medical City. Impact Forum host venues include the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the University of Florida Research and Academic Center, KPMG Lakehouse National Training Center, and the GuideWell Innovation Center.

The 2020 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by KPMG, GuideWell Innovation, Integrated Wellness Partners, AdventHealth, Citibank, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, HCA Healthcare, Amicus Therapeutics, Microsoft, Verizon Communications, Technogym, Dr. Phillips Charities, Nemours Children’s Health System, UCF College of Medicine, University of Florida Health, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Covance, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Holland & Night, Sharecare, Siemens Healthineers, Solid Biosciences, Tabula Rosa Healthcare Inc., Terra Carta, USTA, View, Visit Orlando, City of Orlando, Watercrest Senior Living Group, Orange County Government, and HKS Architects. 

To learn more about the Lake Nona Impact Forum and Lake Nona Institute, visit www.LakeNonaImpactForum.org and www.LakeNonaInstitute.org.  Follow along with the Impact Forum on Twitter and Instagram at @LN_ Institute and at Facebook.com/LakeNonaInstitute. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #LNIF20.

About Lake Nona Institute:

Lake Nona Institute is a nonprofit, community-focused organization that incubates, activates and measures the impact of innovative technologies and programs that can become global models for building healthy, sustainable and inspired communities. The Institute focuses on programs based on: health and wellbeing, education, and sustainability. At its core, Lake Nona Institute believes that individuals in the social context of a community can and do have a profound impact on wellness, education, and sustainability. For more information, visit http://lakenonainstitute.org/. 

About Lake Nona:

Located in Orlando, Fla., Lake Nona is one of the fastest-growing master-planned communities in America developed by Tavistock Development Company. Known for thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, top-rated education facilities, business and research clusters, retail and entertainment centers, and diverse workspaces, Lake Nona encompasses the best Central Florida has to offer. Lake Nona sets the foundation for a collaborative relationship between the people who live, work, and visit there by prioritizing forward-thinking technology, strategic partnerships, education, and wellbeing. For more information, visit www.lakenona.com