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Rethinking Health through Business and Public Partnership

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:30am to 10:30am

Harmony West Building, Community Room, First Floor 7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie, OR, 97222

Clackamas County Public Health invites members of the business community, retailers and professionals for a morning of inspiring presentations from national and local speakers and thought leaders regarding rethinking and reimagining health and well-being in our county.

Traditionally, public health agencies have had relatively few formal partnerships with private business. However, both groups share an interest in ensuring a healthy population. Businesses have a financial interest in supporting organized public health efforts; in turn, business partnerships can increase the reach and effectiveness of public health. This event will make the case for the business sector’s participation in the broad public health system and its support of governmental public health agencies. Our speakers will highlight past and current partnerships exemplify how public health efforts benefit business and suggest opportunities for future collaboration to improve the public’s health.

At this event, national and local speakers will challenge us to think differently about working together, and building connections that allow us to envision and re-imagine healthy communities that are centered on the well-being and productivity of our people, the vibrancy of our communities, and the prosperity of our region.



Scott Hall, Senior Vice President, Civic and Community Initiatives, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Scott Hall is the senior vice president for civic and community initiatives at the greater Kansas City chamber of commerce, a business association representing more than 2,000 members throughout metropolitan Kansas City. In his role at the chamber, Hall oversees the work on the “Healthy KC” project, an initiative in partnership with more than 150 Kansas City area organizations to make greater Kansas City a destination for healthy living.

Since its launch in 2015, the Healthy KC initiative has worked with more than 300 area organizations to implement best-practice workplace wellness policies, created a region-wide program to make greater Kansas City “trauma-informed,” and successfully partnered with 28 local governments to raise the age of purchase and sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and related paraphernalia, to 21. This project, Tobacco21|KC, now covers nearly 1.5 million area residents and is projected to save thousands of lives over the next decade from death due to tobacco use.

Hall has spoken across the country to a variety of audiences about tobacco prevention, workplace wellness, and community health. For his work at the chamber, Hall was recognized by KC Magazine as a “Rising Star” and on one the “100 People Making Kansas City a Better Place.”

Brian C. Castrucci, Chief Executive Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation

Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, is the chief executive officer at the de Beaumont Foundation. In just six years, he has built the foundation into a leading voice in health philanthropy and public health practice.

An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local health departments, Castrucci brings a unique perspective to the philanthropic sector that allows him to shape and implement visionary and practical initiatives and partnerships and bring together research and practice to improve public health.

Castrucci has published more than 50 articles in the areas of public health systems and services research, maternal and child health, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention. His recent work has focused on the public health needs of large cities, the need for better data systems, and public health system improvements.

Mike Gamba, Mayor, City of Milwaukie, Oregon

Mayor Mark Gamba was born and raised in Colorado. Although he has lived in in Oregon for over two decades, he has worked all over the world as a photographer with many assignments from National Geographic.

Gamba intends to help make Milwaukie become more livable, equitable and sustainable, the primary motivation behind his public service to the city in several different roles. Paying great attention to all available information, he will work to forestall issues facing us all to help make Milwaukie more vibrant as well as more resilient.

Gamba was elected to office in May 2015 at a special election to fill the vacant position of mayor and to complete the remainder of a four-year term ending in December 2018. Prior to his election as mayor, he served on the city council, having been elected in November 2012 to council position no. 3. Before holding elected office he served on the city's artMob committee and planning commission.

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