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BLC 2016


BLC | June 12-15 | Colorado Springs, Colo.

General Session

June 13, 2016 | 8:00–10:00 AM

HDMA President's Welcome Remarks
John M. Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer, HDMA

Power of Partnership Award
Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and Chief Executive Officer, AmeriCares

Celebrating its 12th year, the Power of Partnership Award was created to honor HDMA members who have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to medicines and healthcare for disadvantaged populations in the developing world. The honoree must be an HDMA member and:

  • Demonstrate commitment to healthcare measured through in-kind donations, philanthropic support, leadership and corporate policies;
  • Create initiatives that address critical international health issues; and,
  • Demonstrate the ability and willingness to share best practices with others to improve international health and access to medicines.

How We Got To Now: Lessons From History's Unsung Innovators
Steven Johnson, host, PBS six-part series How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson and bestselling author, How We Got To Now and Where Good Ideas Come From

Sometimes breakthrough ideas can have unpredictable effects. Drawing upon his Emmy-nominated PBS series, Steven Johnson will tell the amazing stories behind some of the modern world's most important innovations, exploring the personality traits and environments that led maverick inventors to create accurate watches, clean drinking water, air conditioning and other necessities of modern life.

Games for Health — How to Get “SuperBetter”
Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer and author of the The New York Times bestsellers, SuperBetter and Reality Is Broken

Find out how games can be used to transform healthcare and create "epic wins" for patients. Drawing on the latest clinical trials and peer-reviewed research, Jane McGonigal will explain how games build positive health assets, such as resilience, optimism and self-efficacy. She explores how games can be used as a powerful tool for behavior change, particularly in tackling chronic and lifestyle-related challenges such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease. McGonigal will demonstrate how to create stronger social support systems through games to speed recovery from injury and illness. She also will share her own research on how games can increase longevity — by creating physical, mental, social and emotional habits that lead to 10 extra years of healthy life.

Election Forecasting
Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s keenest observers of U.S. elections and political trends, Charlie Cook will provide a "lay of the land" for the upcoming elections, including the key dynamics driving the Democratic and Republican nomination choices. Cook will focus on the implications of states’ electoral leanings, what it all means for the upcoming presidential contest, what will likely happen in the House and Senate and what the results mean for the two parties — and the American people.

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