Health Connect South to Host 2nd Annual Health Leadership Gathering

Health Connect South, a non-profit organization designed to serve the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations, will convene top innovators, decision makers and future leaders from throughout the Southeast for its second annual health leadership event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Featured this year is the opportunity for attendees to hear directly from those who served on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic. The speakers will highlight the public-private partnerships that were formed to keep the U.S. population safe while working to restore health to the communities of West Africa. Other panel topics include innovations in health IT, cancer treatment, collaborations in Nashville and the Research Triangle and a STEM student showcase.

Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Health and Human Services secretary, Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University Hospital’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit, and Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, will lead the Ebola conversation. Other notable speakers include: Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society; Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, the CEO of The Carter Center; and Dr. Daniel Salinas, the chief medical officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Additional speakers continue to be added to the program agenda.

“Health Connect South was designed to highlight the Southeast’s assets in health as well as to focus on the many health needs left to fill,” said Russ Lipari, founder and CEO of Health Connect South. “This year, we are focusing on targeted expansion into Nashville and the Research Triangle’s needs and assets, as we continue to spread into the entire Southeast region.”
As fruitful collaborations are a goal of the conference, this year, conference organizers are facilitating conversations based on each attendee’s stated interest at registration. Efforts will be made to match similar interests and needs.

As a direct result of last year’s conference, Smyrna-based UCB Pharmaceuticals joined Georgia Tech in epilepsy treatment research, and Georgia Tech and the Carter Center joined forces to develop solutions for combatting malaria.

“Through Health Connect South, we were introduced to the Georgia Tech Research Institute. From those early discussions, we formed a partnership that has allowed us to make significant progress on health informatics as it relates to treatment decisions for people with epilepsy, an effort that would have taken far longer without our collaboration,” said Chris Clark, head of epilepsy portfolio strategy and intelligence, UCB Pharma. “We plan to participate again in Health Connect South to continue engaging in this flow of people bringing ideas and understanding we didn’t previously have.”

While some 700 Georgia health leaders attended the 2014 event, this year’s Health Connect South is expected to attract attendees from throughout the Southeast in an effort to foster an even larger integrated health community. For more information and to register, please click here.

About Health Connect South:

Health Connect South serves the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations and provides a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Its goal is to connect innovators, decision makers and future leaders throughout the southeast region in order to advance the medical industry. Health Connect South began in 2014 and continues to pave the way for health alliances. To learn more, please click here.

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