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Bipartisan CT Coalition Forms to Fight Spiraling Health Care Costs

Aims to Draw Attention to Connecticut's Growing Burden of Chronic Disease and Promote Reform Needed to Address Health Costs and Economic Loss Caused by Crisis

HARTFORD, Conn., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- National and state health care experts, civic leaders, and business owners are joining to launch a Partnership to call for comprehensive health and economic reform to address the growing crisis of chronic disease here in Connecticut and across the nation.

    Who:  State Senator Paul R. Doyle (D) Connecticut 9th District
          Majority Whip and Chairman, Human Services Committee

          Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director of PFCD National;
          Professor and Chair at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory
          University and former Deputy Asst. Secretary for the US Dept. of
          Health and Human Services (HHS)

          David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
          Co-Chair, PFCD CT Chapter and Dir. Yale University Prevention
          Research Center

          Samantha L. Heller, MS RD CDN
          Co-Chair, PFCD CT Chapter and Registered Dietitian and Exercise

          Paul A. Bluestein, MD
          Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, ConnectiCare, Inc.
          & Affiliates

          Daniel Torres (presenting in Spanish)
          President, Latino American Chamber of Commerce of Connecticut, Inc.

    What:  The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a national and
           state-based coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community,
           business and labor groups, is holding a press conference to
           announce the formation of its Connecticut Chapter, discuss research
           findings, and talk about positive action to address this crisis in
           the context of health and economic reform.

    When:  Wed., April 8, 2009    12:00 noon (sharp)  - 1:00 p.m.
           Light lunch buffet available beginning at 11:30 am for members of

    Where:  The Connecticut State Capitol Building, Old Judiciary Room
            450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)

The PFCD is a national and state-based coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: poorly prevented and mismanaged chronic disease.

The PFCD's mission is to:

  • Challenge policymakers to make fighting chronic disease a top priority and discuss how they will address it in their health care proposals
  • Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation
  • Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit:

SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
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