Health Care Summit

Want to add 10 years to your life? Want to live a happier, healthier life?

What if Grand Rapids and West Michigan could help you achieve this goal?
The communities we create impact the quality of life and the cost of your health care. Becoming a Blue Zone Community may be the key.

The Health Care Summit will feature Tony Buettner with the Blue Zones Project.
He will focus on what can be done to build a healthier community and workplace.

 The Chamber is working to build an understanding that a healthy community leads to economic success. Join fellow members to explore the latest health care trends, the impact of healthcare policy and rule changes at the state and federal level, and ways to reduce and contain costs.

The summit will also include two panel discussions.

Health Care Reform: Where Do We Stand?
Todd Anderson, Director of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Amber Landis, Government Relations Lead at Priority Health
Matt Graves, Compliance and Communications Liaison at Lighthouse Group

Reaction: Should Grand Rapids Be a Blue Zone?
Kristin Turkelson, Assistant Planning Director, Design & Development for the City of Grand Rapids
Steve Heacock, Senior Vice President of Spectrum Health
Tom Boehr, Corporate Wellness & Employee Engagement at Amway
Jean Nagelkerk, Vice Provost for Health at Grand Valley State University
Tony Buettner, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Blue Zones


What is a Blue Zone?

A Blue Zone is a place where people live measurably longer, with lower incidences of chronic disease, and a higher quality of life.

Blue ZonesHear from Tony Buettner with Blue Zones and explore how helping people live longer and better through behavior change, we can lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and enjoy a higher quality of life as we live, learn, work, and grow.

The Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being initiative designed to make healthy choices easier. They encourage sustainable changes in established environments and social networks, often suggesting systems-level changes in key settings such as work-sites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based communities, and neighborhoods.

About Tony Buettner

Tony Buettner Headshot_smallTony Buettner is a national spokesperson and senior leader at Blue Zones. He is a former expedition member, explorer, entrepreneur, and a Blue Zones and Blue Zones Project expert.

Tony’s unique insight to the Blue Zones research, expeditions, and deployment of Blue Zones Projects around the country give him unique knowledge and experience as it relates to healthy living and increase well-being for individuals, organizations, and communities. Tony helps build partnerships between states, communities and employers to bring health and longevity initiatives that have empowered and delivered measurable results.


Premier Sponsor

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Event Underwriters

Delta Dental

Lead Supporters

Mercy HealthSpectrum Health

Chamber Champions

Acrisure Benefit GroupAnswer Health On Demand
Chemical BankLacks EnterprisesLighthouse Group MedExpress

Media Sponsor

MiBiz