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GOVERNING Summit on Healthy Living - 2011

Dec. 6, 2011 | Atlanta Botanical Garden/Day Hall | Atlanta, GA



8:30 am  Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

Paul W. Taylor, Editor at Large, GOVERNING

9:20 am Keynote
A Healthy America

Speaker: Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former County Executive for King County, Washington

In October, the Health Group Foundation presented Ron Sims with its 2010 Innovators in Health Award.  In presenting the award, the group had this to say about him:

In his career as the elected executive of King County and a county council member, Sims built an impressive record of achievements in taking on the biggest challenges in health care. As county executive, Sims led a nationally recognized effort to lower health care costs for county employees. He also was the driving force behind the formation of the Puget Sound Health Alliance — a regional partnership involving employers, physicians, hospitals, patients, health plans, and others, working together to improve the quality of care and explore solutions to rising health care costs.

Sims has received numerous national and regional awards including Governing Magazine's Public Officials of the Year Award and Seattle Business Magazine's Health Care Heroes Award. In addition, the National Committee for Quality Assurance acknowledged Sims through its Health Quality Award.

9:40 am Keynote
A Healthy America – A National Strategy

Speaker: Valerie Brown, Supervisor, Sonoma County, Advisor to President Obama’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health

National Association of Counties (NACo) Immediate Past President Valerie Brown has been appointed by President Obama to serve on a new national advisory group on the development and implementation of a national strategy for disease prevention and health promotion.

Brown, supervisor, Sonoma County, Calif., was appointed to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, which will provide recommendations and advice to the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. The council, chaired by the U.S. Surgeon General, provides federal leadership on American wellness and U.S. health care system.

Specifically, the advisory group, created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will develop policy and program recommendations on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion. The advisory group will be composed of up to 25 non‐federal members appointed by the president.

10:00 am Break

10:20 am Creating Outcomes

The Oklahoma Story

Oklahoma City had begun appearing on multiple lists of the country's fattest cities, and the mayor decided it was time to do something about it. The mayor's crusade against obesity became the cornerstone of a whole new vision for the city's future. "We had an automobile-centric culture, a drive-through restaurant mentality," he says. "We hadn't built a pedestrian-friendly community."

So Cornett crafted a bold idea he put the city on a “diet” issuing a weight loss challenge while at the same time he worked to remake Oklahoma City as a walkable urban center. His ambitious $777 million plan included an extensive new downtown streetcar system, sidewalks throughout the city, a 60-mile network of bicycle trails and walking paths, a new convention center and a new 70-acre park downtown.

His vision continues as the city moves toward one million pounds lost and city plan designed to make Oklahoma City a national example of healthy living.

The Honorable Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Director, the Governing Institute

The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor, Somerville, Massachusetts
The Honorable Kip Holden, Mayor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dawn Sweeney, President, National Restaurant Association

12:00 pm LUNCH
Governor Parris Glendening, former governor, Maryland, President, Smart Growth America

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governor’s Institute on Community Design. In these roles, he travels across the country and around the world advising state and local governments on smart growth, transit, and sustainability policies and practices. Parris Glendening served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1995-2003 where he created the nation’s first state-level smart growth policy package. Prior to being elected Governor, Glendening served three terms as elected county executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He taught political science at the University of Maryland, College Park for 27 years and is the author of two books and over 100 articles and conference papers.

1:00 pm Discussion Area #1

Moderator: Zach Patton, Senior Editor, GOVERNING

  • Identifying effective strategies
  • Who is realizing positive changes in outcomes? 
  • What are they doing that is new or different from the mainstream?


Patrik Johansson, MD, Nebraska Rural Health Education Network, Member, President Obama’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health
Clark Manus, President, American Institute of Architects
Bill Roschen, President, Los Angeles Planning Commission

2:00 pm Discussion Area #2

Moderator: Paul Taylor, PhD, Editor at Large, GOVERNING

  • Who are the key players?
  • How to build a bench of diverse talent and resources?
  • Strategies for engaging stakeholders.

Susan Myers, ED. S., Director, Broward County Human Services Department
Rebecca Payne, MPH, Acting Program Director, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Discussion Area #3

Moderator: Mark Funkhouser, Director, GOVERNING Institute, former Mayor, Kansas City

  • How to manage the politics.
  • Designing policy for outcomes.
  • Thinking through the needs of your jurisdiction.

Sadiqa Reynolds, Chief of Community Building for Mayor Fischer, Louisville, Kentucky
The Honorable Diana S. Urban, State Representative, State of Connecticut

4:15 pm

Keynote: Taking the Next Step: A Case Study in Success

Suzette Harris, Health Action Liaison, Jefferson County Department of Health

5:00 pm Reception



  •  Mick Cornett
  •  Mayor, Oklahoma City

  •  Valerie Brown
  •  Supervisor, Sonoma County;  Advisor to President Obama’s  Advisory Group on Prevention,  Health Promotion, and Integrative  and Public Health

  •  Parris Glendening
  •  Former Governor for the State of  Maryland; President, Smart Growth    America

  •  Ron Sims
  •  Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban  Development and former County  Executive for King County,   Washington

  • Hon. Kip Holden
  • Mayor, City of Baton Rouge

  • Patrick Johansson, MD
  •   Nebraska Rural Health Education Network, Member, President Obama’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health

  •   Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D.
  •   Director, GOVERNING Institute


American Heart Association American Institute of Architects


For information on attending and general assistance contact:

Anthony Yanez, Registration Coordinator
Phone: 916-932-1300 ext. 1348


For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact:

Erin Waters, Associate Publisher
Phone: 202-862-1453

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