Health For Life Community Forum: Miami, FL

Photo Taken during Miami Health for Life Forum

Florida hospital and health care groups joined the AHA in Miami today to discuss strategies for reforming the nation’s health care system in the context of “Health for Life,” a reform framework developed by the AHA with input from more than 100 stakeholder groups. The event brought together experts including AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, who both stressed that the expansion of health coverage must occur simultaneously with a reduction in health care costs. “We need to have a national consensus that the health of the American population is the most important national resource we have,” said Umbdenstock, adding that “the best way to achieve and maintain health is to use the size of the nation to spread and manage risk across a large pool of people.” The event was hosted by the AHA, FHA, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association, UHealth-University of Miami Health System, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Jackson Health System.

Forum panelists:

  • Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association
  • Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association
  • Marvin O’Quinn, president and CEO of Jackson Health System
  • Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce President
  • Joe Greer, assistant dean of academic affairs for Florida International University

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