In March and April, the 2014-2015 Fellows met with key health policy leaders in Virginia and Massachusetts to compare and contrast policy-making at the state and federal levels. The Fellows had the unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the challenges in health care facing states today. These trips were generously facilitated by alums Carole Pratt (’11-’12) and Jay Himmelstein (’91-’92) in Virginia and Massachusetts, respectively. Thank you Carole and Jay!
Fellows’ luncheon at the Executive Mansion with First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Jennifer Lee
Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe
Visit to Massachusetts State House with Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
Fellows with Executive Director of the MA Health Policy Commission David Seltz, Blue Cross Blue Sheild Foundation of Massachusetts President Audrey Shelto, and Associated Industries of Massachusetts President and CEO Rick Lord
We are pleased to announce Jo Ivey Boufford as the recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Carole Pratt, RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program Advisory Board Member and Alum presented the award during the 2014 RWJF Health Policy Fellows Alumni Retreat in October. Dr. Boufford was unable to attend the event in person as she was representing the Institute of Medicine in Berlin at the World Health Summit M8 Alliance, but expressed her appreciation for the award and reflected on her time as a fellow in a video message. Dr. Boufford was a member of the 1979-1980 class of Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows. During her time as a fellow, Dr. Boufford worked in the office of Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY).
In October, the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows Program Alumni gathered for a day and a half in Washington, DC to celebrate the rich history of the program. Attendees heard from notable speakers including National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo; Acting United States Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and program alum, Karen Guice. Speakers and their corresponding reactor panels discussed important topics in health and health policy ranging from meaningful use, to policy alignment, to military medicine. Guests enjoyed an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alums and to meet the 2014-2015 cohort. In her closing remarks, Director Marie Michnich reflected on the program’s success in preparing health policy leaders over the past forty years and welcomed its next chapter.
“Beyond Health Care” panel Barbara Damron (’12-’13),
Linda Degutis (‘96-‘97), Harry Heiman (‘12-‘13),
and Janet Phoenix (‘08-‘09)
'12-'13 Fellow Steve Ferrara and member of the
2014 Alumni Retreat Planning Group
Advisory Board member and ’11-’12 fellow Carole Pratt
presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Jo Ivey Boufford (’79-’80)
Guest Speaker and alum Karen Guice (’96-’97) and
Advisory Board member and alum Art Kellermann (’06-’07)
Nancy Ridenour (’07-’08) and Wendi Gosliner (’13-’14)
Dr. A. Eugene Washington is the now Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke. Dr. Washington served as RWJF Health Policy Fellows Advisory Board Member from 2005-2009. Prior to his position as Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dr. Washington served as vice chancellor for health affairs at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and chief executive officer of the UCLA Health System. During his time on the Advisory Board, Dr. Washington served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Read more here…
The RWJF Health Policy Fellows Advisory Board and Program Staff acknowledge with gratitude the service of two members who are completing their terms this year. Over the past six years, Susan Dentzer and Jim Gavin have both lent their time and expertise to the process of selecting exceptional mid-career health professionals to be Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows. Thank you for your outstanding work and dedication to the program!
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