Obesity: It's Complicated! Summit

May 9, 2018

Obesity: It’s Complicated!

We all pick up the tab for obesity.  What can we do to address obesity as a disease?

It’s more than the battle of the bulge—obesity affects more than 1 in 4 New Mexican working adults. 

It can lead to several chronic diseases—such as diabetes and heart disease—causing disability, compromising quality of life, contributing to early death, and causing healthcare costs to skyrocket.  It also impacts employers through a decline in employee productivity, an increase in absenteeism, and even higher health and disability insurance premiums.

Obesity is prevalent, harmful, expensive, and has been classified as a disease. “Why don’t we treat obesity as a disease”?

Join the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value at this free summit to explore the barriers to many questions about obesity.  You will hear from Dr. Bruce Sherman, a national expert in this arena, as well as from local speakers talking about what we are doing in the State on this issue.  We’ll also discuss how we can leverage and build a roadmap to move toward solutions on this very complicated issue. 


Mark your calendars for:

Obesity: It’s Complicated!
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register here

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Preliminary Agenda

8:00-8:30a.m.   Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:30-8:35a.m.   Welcome and Introductions

  • Pat Montoya, BSN, MPA, Executive Director New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value

8:35-9:30a.m.   Prevalence and Impact of Obesity

  • Bruce Sherman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers
9:30-10:00a.m.   Utilizing the Power of Lab Data to Drive Improved Health Outcomes
  • Kathleen Swanson, M.S., R.Ph., Director, Enterprise Clinical Solutions, TriCore Laboratories
  • Joni Pompeo, Director, Strategic Programs and Project Management, TriCore Laboratories
10:00-10:15a.m.   Break

10:15-10:45a.m.   Real Appeal – United Health Group
  • Timothy Johnson, Vice President, Business Development
10:45-11:00a.m.   Wellness Program Overview
  • Susie MacLean, Vice President, The Solutions Group
11:00-11:15a.m.   Community – Population Health Initiatives
  • Leigh Caswell, Director, Presbyterian Healthcare Services Center for Community Health
11:15-11:45a.m.   Food as the First Medicine
  • Mary Jane Favazza, Chief Revenue Officer, Center for Community Health, Good Measures
11:45-12:00p.m.   Bariatric Surgery             
  • Tom Rothfeld MD, Chief Medical Officer, Presbyterian Health Plan
12-00-12:15p.m.   Facilitated Audience Discussion and Response

12:15-12:30 p.m.   Follow up and Next steps