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John M. Clymer

Appointed to Task Force: 2002

John Clymer

John Clymer is chief strategy consultant to the Alliance to Make the US Healthiest. Additionally, Mr. Clymer is adjunct assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

As interim executive director of Directors of Health Promotion and Education in 2010-11, Mr. Clymer led the organization through a turnaround that sharpened its strategic focus and doubled its grant funding. From 2001-2008, Mr. Clymer was president of Partnership for Prevention (PfP). Under Mr. Clymer's leadership, PfP quadrupled its budget; won passage of landmark Medicare legislation that put prevention on par with disease diagnosis and treatment; developed a health reform framework on which Barack Obama based his prevention and public health agenda; formed the Leading by Example CEO Roundtable which was recognized in Harvard Business Review's "Breakthrough Ideas" in 2006; and, with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, established the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. Mr. Clymer leveraged PfP's influence through strategic partnerships with AARP, the World Economic Forum, and others.

Mr. Clymer often serves as a keynote and plenary speaker on health policy, health reform and human capital management. He authored a chapter in Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health (Springer, 2009) and co-authored a chapter in ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies (Human Kinetics, 2009). He has testified before various legislatures, given numerous formal Congressional briefings, and appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNBC, public radio, and in print media such as The New York Times. Mr. Clymer received his A.B. in Economics and Religion from Wabash College.

Service on International/National research, practice or policy boards or committees

  • American HealthCare Congress Advisory Committee, 2012-Present
  • Co-Chair, Prevention & Wellness 2.0 Congress Advisory, 2011
  • Chair and Co-Chair, 5th & 6th Annual Obesity & Wellness Congress, 2010-2011
  • World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Industry Expert, 2008
  • World Economic Forum, Working Towards Wellness Project Board, 2007-2008
  • World Health Care Congress, Advisory Board, 2008-Present
  • World Health Care Congress Europe, Advisory Board, 2010- Present
  • World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Chronic Disease and Malnutrition
  • World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Industry Expert
  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, Subcommittee on User Questions and Needs
  • Working Towards Wellness Project Board, World Economic Forum
  • Advisory Committee, Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Advisory Board, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Recent selected publications

  1. Preventing Disease and Promoting Health through Policy and Practice, in Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Improving Global Public Health, edited by P. Gaist, Springer, New York, 2010
  2. Health Care Policy and Health Promotion, with G. Lindsay, J. Childress and G. Pfeiffer, in ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies, edited by N. Pronk, Human Kinetics, Inc., Champaign, IL, 2009
  3. "Booster Shot for the Health System," Washington Times, September 26, 2007
  4. "If It Worked for Bill, It Could Work for You," Triangle Business Journal, November 22, 1996