Promoting Health and Cost Control in States Through Policy Change Briefing at the National Press Club


On March 8, Trust for America’s Health held a briefing  to explore the new report, Promoting Health and Cost Control: How States Can Improve Community Health and Well-being Through Policy Change, which highlights 13 evidence-based policies that if adopted by states can improve the health and well-being of their residents. During the event, national experts highlighted the importance of addressing the social determinants of health through policy change at the local, state and national level.

Speakers included:

  • John Auerbach, MBA, President & CEO, Trust for America’s Health
  • Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Executive Vice President & COO, Trust for America’s Health
  • Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Von Nguyen, MD, MPH, Deputy Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP, CEO, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

In addition, state leaders were celebrated for their achievements and leadership in improving the health and well-being of their state through multi-sector policy solutions.

Advancing Health awardees included: 

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser* (DC)
  • Governor Larry Hogan** (MD)
  • Governor Gina Raimondo*** (RI)

* Award to be accepted on behalf of Mayor Bowser by Wayne Turnage, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services
** Award to be accepted on behalf of Governor Hogan by Robert Neall, Maryland Secretary of Health
*** Award to be accepted on behalf of Governor Raimondo by Rebecca Boss, State Director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals