As part of Louisville visit, Prince Charles attends roundtable on health and the environment with health and environmental leaders

Press pool report by Al Cross, Kentucky Health News
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales arrived
at the foot of the Big Four Bridge, an old railroad bridge recently converted
into a pedestrian bridge, at 3:07 p.m. He was accompanied by Louisville Mayor
Greg Fischer and was greeted by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville. They
ascended a stairway leading to the pedestrian ramp and had a discussion on the
ramp. Your pool could hear only snatches of conversation, but it was clear that
Fischer and Yarmuth were describing the bridge project, which links Louisville
to Jeffersonville, Ind.
Dr. Elliott Antman, in sunglasses, speaks as Prince Charles and other participants listen

The group descended the ramp and
entered a plastic-and-canvas tent, joining a health-and-environment roundtable that had
been in progress for about an hour. The pool was present for introductory
remarks by the mayor and by Dr. Elliott Antman, president of the American Heart
Association
, but there was no amplification and the pool was kept at such a
distance that he could not be heard clearly, and we were shuffled out after
just a few minutes. Through the opening and the clear plastic we could see that
HRH was animatedly engaged in conversation with the participants.

Yarmuth said afterward that the
conversation was “about how the health care system by itself, the medical
system, is not the thing we should be concerned about in trying to be concerned
about the general health and well-being of society,” but rather how to prevent
people from entering that system, “and there are so many entities that have
role” in doing that.

Gordon Garner, former director of the Metropolitan Sewer
District
and president of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, said the broad
message of the meeting was “the linkage to both the built and natural
environment” when it comes to health. “The big message would be … the
overwhelming need we have as a society to raise our level of stewardship ..
that public awareness is way, way behind what the needs are. We’ve got to
develop some kind of stewardship commitment that we currently don’t have.”

According to an email from Chuck
Lambert of Humana Inc. to the participants, a copy of which your pool reporter
obtained, following are the invited participants. It could not be confirmed
whether all on the list were actually at the roundtable.
INVITEES to roundtable (other
than Antman, mentioned above):
Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D.,
Institute of Molecular Cardiology, University of Louisville
Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, 43rd
U.S. Army Surgeon General
Meredith Barrett, vice president
of science and research, Propeller Health
Dr. Alonzo Plough, vice
president of research, evaluation and learning and chief science officer,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Sharmila Makhija, chair of
ob/gyn and women’s health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, N.Y.
(formerly at U of L)
Tom FitzGerald, director,
Kentucky Resources Council (Kentucky’s leading environmental lobbyist)
Dr. Ted Smith, executive
director, Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil; and chief of civic
innovation, Metro Louisville government
Peter Crane, dean, Yale School
of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Mary Gwen wheeler, executive
director, 55,000 Degrees (program aimed at expanding number of college
graduates in Louisville)
Dr. James Sublett, president,
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Hugh Archer, executive director,
Kentucky Natural Lands Trust
Barry Barker, executive
director, Transit Authority of River City
Margaret “Peggy” Plympton,
deputy chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Mahendra Sunkara, director,
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, U of L
Burt Lauderdale, executive
director, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (environmental and social justice
group)
Timothy (Tim) State, enterprise
vice president, associate health and well-being, Humana Inc.
Barry Gottschalk, president and
CEO, American Lung Association of the Midland States
David Tandy, president.
Louisville Metro Council
Craig Anthony Arnold, chair,
Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, U of L
Dr Cary Sennett, president and
CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
OBSERVERS:
Charles “Chuck” Lambert, Humana
VP and chair, Louisville Sustainability Council
David VanSIckle, cofounder and
CEO, Propeller Health
Paul Tarini, senior program
officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ben Reno-Weber, director,
Greater Louisvile Project
Tad Waddington, CEO, lasting
Contribution Inc.
Gordon Garner, president,
Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Andrew Smith, student
Stephanie Sido, aide-de-camp,
Gen. Horoho
Robert Connolly, chair, Stites
& Harbison law firm
Wes Jackson, president, The Land
Institute
Deena Adams, development
manager, American Lung Association in Kentucky
Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, chief
science officer, American Heart Association
Dr. John Johnston, co-director,
Norton Hospital Leatherman Spine Center

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