Washington Post "Addiction In America" Forum

Washington Post "Addiction In America" Forum

Cigna sponsored the Washington Post’s "Addiction in America" forum on May 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C. to address and elevate the conversation about substance use disorders.

Cigna’s President and CEO David Cordani provided opening remarks to the more than 200 health leaders, influencers and organizations in attendance. Cordani also addressed Cigna’s commitment to substance use disorders during his on-stage interview with Dr. Susan Blumenthal, clinical professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine, senior fellow at New America, senior medical advisor at amfAR and former U.S. assistant surgeon general.

Several other high-profile health and addiction leaders and experts participated in the forum, including:

  • U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli
  • Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Anne Schuchat
  • Mayor of Ithaca, NY, Svante Myrick
  • President and CEO of Shatterproof, Gary Mendell

The following are video highlights from the forum:

Video: Next Steps for Addiction Treatment and Prevention

Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal interviews Cigna President and CEO David Cordani. Cordani discusses the importance of outcome-based measures in the adoption of substance use disorder guidelines.

Video: The Culture of Eliminating Pain in the Medical Profession

An interview with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Video: The Need for Faster Implementation of CDC Guidelines

Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell, a Cigna Foundation World of Difference grant recipient, speaks about his personal story and solutions to breaking the cycle of addiction.