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What’s Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction

It is hard to comprehend. For the first time since WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic, life expectancy is falling. Fatal overdoses account for more deaths than car crashes, gun violence and even breast cancer. One in 10 deaths among working adults is due to alcohol misuse.

This addiction and substance misuse shatters our lives, our society, our economy and our social infrastructure, costing us $700 billion annually. But we have the power to fix this. We will deconstruct persistent myths about these conditions to provide clarity about root causes, and what we, as leaders, can do to turn around this deadly trend. Lives depend on it.

Host: Beth Bierbower, Segment President, Humana

Discussion Leaders:
Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, Shatterproof
Karen Murphy, EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Geisinger

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Beth Bierbower

Segment President,
Humana

Beth Bierbower is Segment President for Humana. She is responsible for creating a new operating model and member experience that reduces friction in the system and helps members engage in and manage their health. Beth is a member of the Management Team, which sets the firm's strategic direction, and reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard. In her prior role, Beth led Humana's Group and Specialty Bus Full bio ›

Gary Mendell

Founder & CEO
Shatterproof

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Gary founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered.  Mr. Mendell spent decades as an entrepreneur. He founded HEI Hotels & Resorts, a multi-billion-dollar company that oversees a portfo Full bio ›

Karen Murphy

EVP & CIO
Geisinger Health System

Dr. Karen Murphy is executive vice president, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Health Innovation at Geisinger. Dr. Murphy has worked to improve and transform healthcare delivery throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Geisinger, she served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health addressing the most significant health issues facing the state, including Full bio ›

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What's Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction

Beth Bierbower + Gary Mendell + Karen Murphy

It is hard to comprehend. For the first time since WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic, life expectancy is falling. Fatal overdoses account for more deaths than car crashes, gun violence and even breast cancer. One in 10 deaths among working adults is due to alcohol misuse.

This addiction and substance misuse shatters our lives, our society, our economy and our social infrastructure, costing us $700 billion annually. But we have the power to fix this. We will deconstruct persistent myths about these conditions to provide clarity about root causes, and what we, as leaders, can do to turn around this deadly trend. Lives depend on it.