There was widespread agreement among the day’s speakers that U.S. foreign policy must prioritize health around the world. “A health crisis is also a political crisis, an economic crisis, and a security crisis,” said Lew. “Hunger sparks violence.” Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) said that “disease doesn’t care about borders.” Deputy Secretary Lew also noted the increasingly receptive climate to a smart power foreign policy. “There is a community of interest around these issues now, not just a few doctors,” he said. When Lew argued in earlier times for strategic investments in global health, he was only speaking to a few people, he said. “It’s a different story now. I really see a difference.” Donna E. Shalala, President of the University of Miami and Co-Chair of the USGLC’s Florida Advisory Committee, agreed with Lew’s assessment. “We’ve come so far from the debates of the past,” she said.