Patrick J. Kennedy to Speak at Charlotte Chamber’s 2018 Health Care Summit April 4, 2018

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Charlotte, N.C. / April 4, 2018 – The Charlotte Chamber will host its Health Care Summit April 4, 2018 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. Patrick J. Kennedy, a former congressman and the nation’s leading mental health advocate, will deliver a talk entitled “My Journey: Making Mental Health Essential Health” and will participate in a discussion of the impacts of opioid policy on the business community.

According to its website, the Charlotte Chamber’s Health Care Summit will bring together hundreds of top executives, policymakers, consumers, and business leaders for a deep dive into the current and future state of health care, paying particular attention to the current opioid epidemic.

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About Patrick J. Kennedy:

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) is a lifelong mental health advocate and member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank tackling mental health and addiction issues and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits. To learn about Mr. Kennedy’s efforts, please visit