Northwell Health Hosts First Raise Health Forum to Tackle Women’s Health, Environmental Health, Health Equity

New York State’s largest health system hosts inaugural event featuring prominent leaders from Lyft, Walmart, CDC, American Heart Association, among others.

Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health will host this year’s inaugural Raise Health Forum. (Credit: Northwell Health)

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y.--()--Tackling our communities’ most pressing health issues – women’s health care, environmental and health equity – Northwell Health kicks off its inaugural Raise Health Forum virtually on October 5 at 11 a.m. ET. New York’s largest health system brings together top minds from health care, business, philanthropy, community and faith leaders, non-profit and government organizations to share their unique perspectives and solutions for a healthier future. All are welcome to register for the free, three-hour event at

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling will host the inaugural forum, which spotlights some of the most powerful and influential leaders, including:

  • Megan Callahan, president, Lyft Healthcare
  • Marcus Osborne, senior vice president, Walmart Health
  • Karen Hacker, director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association
  • Ann Aerts, head, Novartis Foundation
  • Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd, pastor & chief of protocol, AME Zion Church
  • Deena Shakir, partner, Lux Capital
  • Janine Clayton, director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health
  • Shez Partovi, chief innovation & strategy officer, Royal Philips

“As health and industry leaders, we are responsible for helping to drive the discussion and find solutions to serious health disparities that afflict the communities we live in and serve,” said Mr. Dowling. “We hope the inaugural Raise Heath forum will spark thoughtful discussions and foster meaningful relationships that will drive action among decision-makers and other influencers who are making a difference every day.”

There are significant obstacles still facing our well-being, including proper equity of care for underserved communities, redefining women's health, recognizing social determinants of health (i.e., socioeconomics, education and geography) and addressing the effects of climate change and environmental hazards. The forum’s goal is to align collective resources and approaches with other leaders, build momentum for action, and create a collaborative team approach to solve these challenges for a healthier future.

The Raise Health Forum is part of Northwell Health’s exclusive thought leadership Raise Health event series, joining the established Constellation Forum and Gun Violence Prevention Forum. Each annual event brings together the brightest minds across industries to celebrate innovation, share ideas and solutions to address the most complex health issues facing our nation.

For more information about the program, speakers and to register your virtual attendance, please visit

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Matthew Libassi


Matthew Libassi