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National General Colin Powell, Walter Isaacson to Speak About Children & the Economy at Conference

Friday, Sep 28, 2018


Nemours Pediatric Moneyball, hosted by Nemours Children’s Health System, is a day long discussion to explore the relationship between investing in children and America’s future as a global leader

A former Secretary of State and one of Time Magazine’s most-Influential people in the world will help drive a discussion about the important connection between sustained economic strength and investments in children’s health care. General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and best-selling author Walter Isaacson are just a few of the dignitaries set to participate in Pediatric Moneyball, a conference hosted by Nemours Children’s Health System.

“We wanted to grab people’s attention with the conference name,” says David Bailey MD, the president and CEO of Nemours. “We believe children’s healthcare should be a national strategic investment. Delivering a generation of children who are healthier to adulthood, is likely the only way to improve the overall health of our country and materially lower the cost of providing care in the U.S . To start to change the way the country thinks, we knew we needed to be a bit provocative.”

That name is also nod to the book with a similar title about a baseball team that became successful by making strategic investments based on sophisticated analysis used to identify undervalued players. Despite initial resistance to the evidence-based approach, the results led to adoption across the league.

This one-day, invitation-only conference will bring together academic, public and private sector leaders in Washington, D.C., on October 11, 2018. It includes panels focused on the economics of pediatrics, digital innovations and population health. Nemours has long been focused on improving the health of all children, even those who never visit a Nemours location. Those efforts, and the growing evidence of the long-term benefits of a focus on children’s health led Nemours to convene the conference.

“The next great leap in improving the health of our nation will not come out of the laboratory, the operating room, from a new medication, or with improved processes,” Bailey said. “We know that deliberate, sustained community investment in early education, literacy, chronic condition management, and mental health programming will bring a huge return on our collective investment. If we don’t, other countries will out-pace us in the decades to come,” Bailey said.

In their keynote remarks, globally recognized leaders General Colin Powell and Walter Isaacson will provide real life context for the conference sessions.

Authorities from the academic community, including Professors Janet Curie of Princeton University, David Weil of Brown University, and Robert Huckman of Harvard University will provide their latest perspectives on the impact of healthy children on the relationship between children’s health and America’s national future.

Innovative payers, physician-entrepreneurs, and non-profit community leaders will provide perspectives from the front lines, describing how their organizations and ideas are helping create a “future of choice” for our children.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.