CSIS Launches Task Force on Women’s and Family Health

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2015 —Today, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center launched the Task Force on Women’s and Family Health. The task force brings together a distinguished and diverse group of leaders from Congress, academia, foundations, global health community, and private sector to chart a bold vision for the future of U.S. leadership to support the health of women and families around the world.

The task force is co-chaired by Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; and John Hammergren, Chairman, President, and CEO of McKesson Corporation. They are joined by:

Lisa Carty , Director, US Liaison Office, UNAIDS
Senator Susan Collins , (R-ME)
Chris Elias , President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ezekiel Emanuel , Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Julie Gerberding , Executive VP for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health, Merck
Michael Gerson , Senior Advisor, ONE Campaign
Patrick Fine , CEO, FHI 360
Congressman Richard Hanna , (R-NY)
Senator Mark Kirk , (R-IL)
Vanessa Kerry , CEO, Seed Global Health
Asma Lateef , Director, Bread for the World Institute
Congresswoman Barbara Lee , (D-CA)
Kathleen McLaughlin , President, Walmart Foundation
Afaf Meleis , Professor of Nursing and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
J. Stephen Morrison , Senior VP and Director, CSIS Global Health Policy Center
Congressman Mike Quigley , (D-IL)
Diane Rowland , Executive VP, Kaiser Family Foundation
Senator Jeanne Shaheen , (D-NH)
Debora Spar , President, Barnard College
Jeffrey Sturchio , President & CEO, Rabin Martin
Phil Thomson , Senior VP, Communications and Government Affairs, GSK
Christy Turlington Burns , Founder, Every Mother Counts

Over the course of the next year, this high-level group will examine the sectors that drive progress in women’s and family health – family planning and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; nutrition; and immunizations – to determine what has been done, what has worked, and what opportunities remain for programs to be more effective and sustainable. The task force’s final product will be a concrete road map for how the next Administration and Congress can best contribute to the spectrum of issues that impact the health of women and families into the future.

To learn more about the task force and its mission, visit Vision2017.csis.org and watch this 3 minute video, below.


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