Spring 2007
From the Director | Marie Michnich on Leave of Absence
What's New | Fellows' State Visits
Job Notice | Current Opportunities
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!





Marie Michnich Named Executive Director of President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors

The Program Office is pleased to announce that Director Marie E. Michnich has been named as Executive Director of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors. The Commission is Co-chaired by Robert J. Dole and Donna E. Shalala.

While she is with the Commission, Dr. Michnich is on a leave of absence from the Institute of Medicine.



Fellows' State Visits


Fellows Head to Massachusetts and Oregon

This spring, the fellows went to Massachusetts and Oregon to gain an understanding of the interaction between federal and state health policy as well as to observe the variation in how the two states implement that policy. 06-07 Fellow Nancy Hardt was impressed by the variation in the challenges states must face. "The trip gave me a greater appreciation for the diversity between the states. For example, both states have almost the same number of uninsured people. But the ratio of uninsured to insured is markedly different." During the four days of meetings, the fellows met with many key health leaders from numerous state organizations and government agencies. The 60 or so informal gatherings provided revealing and lasting assessments of particular conditions affecting developing health events in Massachusetts and Oregon.

The annual trips also offer fellows an opportunity to witness how the decisions made at the federal level affect the selected states. As 06-07 Fellow Arthur Kellermann said, "State-level health policy is where the “rubber meets the road” for much of health care in the U.S. The visits not only offered a perfect contrast of approaches, but allowed us to compare how key concerns about coverage and cost containment are being addressed at the state level versus our experience in Congress."

Health Reform was the topic as the 2006-2007 Fellows traveled to Massachusetts in early April. While there, the fellows had an opportunity to meet with many of the legislators, executive staff, advocates and players involved in the recent health reform law and its implementation. A special thanks to alumnus Jay Himmelstein ('91-'92) and his staff for making this trip possible.

Also, special thanks goes to alumnus David Pollack ('98-'99) for helping organize the Oregon part of this trip -for the second year in a row. In Oregon, the Fellows received a comprehensive survey of Oregon’s health care and health policy systems, as well as a look at the health reform process underway. They spent a day in Portland and a day in Salem meeting with many of the individuals and groups directly involved in developing the next phase of Oregon’s health reform.



For more information about these job announcements, please log in to the Alumni Only section of the website using your username and password. If you do not remember your username and password, please contact the program staff at 202-334-1506.

National Breast Cancer Coalition
The National Breast Cancer Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organization, seeks a temporary Government Relations professional to monitor federal legislation and to work with Members of Congress, Congressional staff and NBCC member organizations and advocates to implement NBCC’s legislative priorities.  This position can be part time or full time, and is available for the months of June, July and August. Candidates should e-mail cover letter and resume with salary requirements to jobs@stopbreastcancer.org with "Temp GR position" in the Subject line. NBCC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that especially welcomes applications from breast cancer survivors, women and people of color.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking a Program Officer (Human Capital) for its Health Care Group. The program officer reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Health Care. (For more information please go the Alumni Only section of the website and login.)


Jo Ivey Boufford





Robert Frank

Jo Ivey Boufford
Jo Ivey Boufford ('79-'80) was recently elected President of the New York Academy of Medicine. Boufford was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and she assumed office on February 1, 2007. She is currently Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

Gerry Charles
It's a small world, says alumnus Gerry Charles ('78-'79). Charles had a chance meeting with Advisory Board member Gail Wilensky aboard a small ship visiting the Galapagos Islands.  According to Charles, "Out of a group of some 70 naturalists, the chances of two persons involved with the Health Policy Fellowship meeting in the Galapagos did seem rather small.  We probably would both readily admit that many more words were devoted to Blue Footed Boobies, Marine Iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs than to the crisis with Medicare and FDA oversight.  In fact, at least one of the participants remembers the meeting as pretty much devoid of weighty health policy discussions and much more focused on who saw more species that Darwin noted some years previously.  Still, it illustrates one more example of the world-wide influence of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship."

Robert Frank
Robert Frank ('91-'92) recently accepted a position as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Kent State University. He will begin in his new position in July Frank moves to Kent State from the University of Florida, where he has been serving as Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions and directed the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured. You can read more about Frank's recent activities on the University of Florida's website.


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