Top Business Leaders & Policy Experts Discuss Smart Global Health Policy at School of Communication

What is smart global health? How can businesses here and around the world get involved? And why should everyone care?

Top business leaders and policy experts will discuss these questions at a panel discussion, “Views from the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy,” at the University of Miami Global Business Forum at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2011, in Shoma Hall, Room 3053, at the School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL. This panel is moderated by UM President Donna E. Shalala and sponsored by The School of Communication.

“We will be looking for a lively, interactive conversation that hears directly from our audience of business experts,” says J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Center on Global Health Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Washington D.C.-based research institution that works to develop actionable recommendations for long-term U.S. strategy on global health.

“We are very excited to pull together this dynamic panel, led by President Shalala, to talk at this important moment about where US leadership on global health is heading. These experts each bring a remarkable perspective on this question of the business sector’s role in global health,” Morrison adds.

In March of 2010, The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health, which includes President Shalala, a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, released a report calling on Washington policymakers to embrace an agenda for global health. The Commission understood promoting global health not only advances our basic humanitarian values in saving and enhancing lives, but adds a broader value in bolstering U.S. national security and building constructive relationships.

“Views from the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy” panelists are:

  • Rhona Applebaum, Vice President and Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Steven C. Phillips, MD, Medical Director, Global Issues and Projects, Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • James B. Peake, MD, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Senior Vice President, CGI
  • J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Center on Global Health Policy,
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Laurie S. Silvers, President, Hollywood Media Corporation and University of Miami Trustee
    (welcome remarks)

Please note that participation in the entire three-day Global Business Forum in a paid event. However, if you would like to attend this panel discussion at no charge, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), indicating: “ plans to attend School of Communication panel on Fri., 1/14/11 at 9:30 a.m.” (The day of the session, please proceed directly to the panel location listed above.)

The University of Miami Global Business Forum is a multidisciplinary event bringing together some of the world’s most influential corporate and policy leaders, as well as hundreds of other experts and professionals, for three days of forward-thinking discussion on the business and delivery of health care. Topics include enhancing wellness, healthful aging, and creating health care facilities that promote vibrant communities while nurturing patients and families. To register and for more information about the University of Miami Global Business Forum, visit:

*In 2009-2010, CSIS and the Knight Center hosted “Our Global Challenges,” a series of dialogues held in Washington D.C. that examined progress toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The series featured University of Miami professors, our country’s top officials, and leading experts in industry fields who discussed topics including the fair resources trade, the advancement and empowerment of women around the world, and meeting the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals in Haiti — just months before last January’s earthquake. Keynote speakers included Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs; Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State; and Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff and member of the Board of Directors at ONE, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.