Spring 2011
From the Director | Updates All Around
What's New | Assignments of the 2010-2011 fellows, 2011 Alumni Gathering/IOM Annual Meeting, Rogers Johns elected as an IOM member, Christopher Saudek
Job Notice | Current Opportunities
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!

 

2010-2011 Class of Fellows

Class of 2010 - 2011

Updates All Around
Our latest class of fellows enjoyed a truly remarkable orientation, including hour long sessions with HHS Secretary Sebelius; Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH); Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs; and added several new briefers like Ian Morrison, author and futurist from California. Amid the seismic upheaval attributable to the November election, and the musical chairs game played out in the key health committees, fellows found it unusually challenging to nail down placements. Despite the shifting sands, the fellows prevailed, and I am delighted to report that the Class of 2010-2011 has, nonetheless, landed outstanding work assignments! We are now planning their state site visits, which will be in New Mexico and Maryland this year.

Also in the “good news” vein, the Alumni Retreat held on October 9-10, 2010, drew more than 50 alums to Washington, DC. Organized by the Class of 2008, the presentation topics included environmental health policy and the early days of health care reform with focus on comparative effectiveness and health information technology. We were also privileged to attend the Health Policy Roundtable segment of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Annual Meeting, which is typically reserved for the IOM members only. The session featured a discussion between Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of IOM, and former Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag. The remainder of the Annual Meeting of the IOM, celebrating its 40th Anniversary, topped off the agenda for our marvelous alumni gathering. We learned, laughed (you’ve got to love the Capitol Steps), renewed old friendships, and found plenty to satisfy those of us who never recovered from Potomac Fever.

Just prior to the interviews for the 2011-2012 Class, I took a dramatic spill on the ice, fracturing a rib and three vertebrae, and got a chance to explore acute inpatient hospital care. Believe it or not, I was able to use the internet and “Skyped” into the interviews of the finalists and “attended” the Board deliberations the next day. Fortunately, while I could see the participants, they didn’t have to see me, as I remained in my pajamas. I bet that was a program first! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who sent card and flowers and emails. 

I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying being back at work! I do love my job.

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U.S. Capitol Building

Assignments of the 2010 - 2011 RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The Class of 2010-2011 RWJF Health Policy Fellows is now in their fellowship assignments. Find out where the six fellows are placed!

 

Save the Date: 2011 Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, October 18
The 2011 Alumni Gathering will be held for a half day, the morning of Tuesday, October 18, 2011, in Washington, DC in conjunction with the IOM Annual meeting on Monday, October 17. With the Class of 2009 as the planning committee, it promises to be yet another great half-day meeting so please mark your calendars! More details and registration information will be provided in the next newsletter.

Roger Johns
Roger Johns

Roger Johns elected as one of the New IOM Members
We are proud and pleased to announce that Roger Johns (’05-’06) has been elected into the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Roger is “looking forward to opportunities to contribute.”

 

 

 

Nominations Open for the 2011 Lienhard Award and Sarnat Prize
The IOM is now accepting nominations for the Gustav O. Lienhard Award and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.

The Lienhard Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. The 2010 Lienhard Award was presented to Joseph A. Califano, Jr., LL.B.

The Sarnat Prize recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health. The 2010 Sarnat Prize was awarded to Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., and Charles P. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.

Nominations will be accepted through May 9, 2011.

Launch of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Alumni Network
The RWJF Alumni Engagement Team has announced the launch of the RWJF Alumni Network website. On April 4, this online professional community goes LIVE. Alums from the Human Capitol programs will receive an email invitation to log in and link up. The “Network” will help the members to:

  • easily search for and connect with one another
  • identify synergies in research, policy and practice among one another
  • learn about upcoming professional development opportunities
  • identify geographic concentrations of alumni that could lead to beneficial connections
  • share news with the Foundation, NPOs and each other in real-time

Here is a sneak preview of the brochure that will be included with the invitation. Note that our very own Ellen-Marie Whelan (’03-‘04), Jerome Paulson (’85-’86), and Thomas Tsang (’08-’09) are on the cover while Celia Maxwell (’97-‘98) is on page 2.

Christopher Saudek
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Christopher Saudek (’79-80) after a battle with metastatic melanoma. Christopher was the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Jobs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF is seeking to fill various program level positions and is asking your help in targeting appropriate applicants.  If you know anyone that would be a good fit and interested in any of these opportunities, please pass this information on to them. A full listing can be found by visiting the job opportunities section of RWJF's website at http://www.rwjf.org/about/joblisting.jsp.

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William Ayers
While he wonders whether he may one of the oldest (?) living RWJF Health Policy Fellows, and would probably welcome challengers to that distinction, William Ayers (’83-’84) is still out there actively working in health policy, involved in “Health Workforce issues, New York State controversy over approval of Caribbean Schools.”

Pamela Bataillon

Pamela Bataillon
Pamela Bataillon (’03-’04) assumed the role of interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance-Budget and Financial Compliance on January 1 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). See the announcement.

Andrew Bindman

Andrew Bindman
Andrew Bindman (’09-’10) is now Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Committee (MACPAC). And Andy has a new article that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. For Andy, it has been “very cool to be able to transition my knowledge gained from working on the Hill and on the ACA back to how it is being implemented in California.” Read the article.

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Guy Clifton

Guy Clifton
Guy Clifton (’06-’07) is now Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and an advisor to the Department of Defense on TRICARE. And he and his wife are expecting a granddaughter in May, whom Guy fully intends to spoil more than he ever did his children.

Gustavo Cruz

Gustavo Cruz
Gustavo Cruz (’09-’10) is now Chief of Oral Health Branch at the Division of Medicine and Dentistry at HRSA Bureau of Health Professions, working with our own Kathleen Klink (’08-’09), who heads up that division.

Leona Cuttler

Leona Cuttler
Leona Cuttler (’05-‘06) received the Health Policy Researcher of the Year (for Independent Study) in Ohio. She was also elected to the Pediatric Policy Council.

Dan Derksen

Daniel Derksen
Daniel Derksen (’07-’08) has been involved with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) since his return from DC with the project in New Mexico. He shares that “it was really great to see Bob Graham named to head up the AF4Q project!”

Louis Diamond

Louis Diamond
After 16 plus years as Medical Director at Thomson Reuters Healthcare and Science (TRH). Louis Diamond (’90-’91) left TRH on February 4 to explore new opportunities in his professional and personal life. Lou notes that his tenure at TRH has been “both professionally rewarding and enjoyable.”

Lou plans to continue his current engagements with a number of organizations, including NQF, PCPI, HIMSS, eHI, ESRD Network 5, AMA and ACMQ. And importantly, he will be devoting time and energy pursing consulting opportunities with Quality Healthcare Consultants (QHC), as president of QHC , in partnership with Bernie Rosof, CEO, QHC. Lou is excited about this next phase of his professional life.

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William Eaglstein
William Eaglstein (’86-’87) has a new publication on Evidence Based Medicine and Biases in the Arch of Dermatology. Read the article and a companion comment. As an aside, he has left GSK in January since they relocated to North Carolina. He is now consulting at IHP Consulting, LLC.

Robert Graham

Robert Graham
Robert Graham (honorary alumnus) has been named the national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q). Bob will also hold an appointment as a research professor of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (GWU SPHHS), which serves as the national program office of the AF4Q program. Read the press release.


Kristofer Hagglund
Kristofer Hagglund (’00-’01) will be traveling to Bolivia in April 2011 to help the Ministry of Health with their initiative to reduce childhood malnutrition.

Kathy Hebert

Kathy Hebert
Kathy Hebert (’05-‘06) has been awarded the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award #2 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation for the congestive heart failure disease management model she and her colleagues created and used in the U.S. and in the country of Georgia. The award is given to “that individual or organization whose recent original approach in the delivery of health care or in the design of facilities for its delivery will increase its clinical and/or economic effectiveness.”

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Jay Himmelstein

Jay Himmelstein
Jay Himmelstein (’91-’92) recently was informed that the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with Jay as Principle Investigator, received one of the CCIIO State Innovator grants for development of the technology components for the health insurance exchanges under health reform. They are the only university to be involved in this effort and are the only project that involves a multistate effort. Jay looks forward to the project, which “has required me to use all of what I learned as a fellow with regard to politics and policy!!!” Read the federal announcement about it. You can also read the UMass press release and more about the project.

Julianne Howell
After more than 6 years, Julianne Howell (’02-’03) has left the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as a Senior Advisor. Julie's initial focus will be in the health information exchange (HIE) realm helping to create alignment across state HIE, Beacon Communities, and Regional Extension Center (REC) programs to support providers in achieving "meaningful use" of electronic health records. Julie is very much looking forward to working in DC and taking the Metro to ONC's offices at Federal Center-SW rather than spending 2 hours round-trip commuting to the CMS Central Office in Baltimore. She will still spend part of each month working from California, since she has not yet succeeded in luring her husband away from his long-standing senior faculty position at UCSD School of Medicine and the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center.

David Keller

David Keller
David Keller (’10-’11) returned to University of Massachusetts Medical School after his fellowship, where he has joined Jay Himmelstein (’91-’92) as a Senior Analyst at the Center for Health Policy and Research within UMass’s Commonwealth Medicine. David was recently appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee to serve on Rhode Island’s newly convened Healthcare Reform Commission.

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Richard Krugman

Richard Krugman
Richard Krugman (’80-’81) is in his 21st year as the Dean of University of Colorado School of Medicine and “loving our new campus, new curriculum and the challenges of transforming our clinical practice.” Recently, Dick completed chairing the IOM ad hoc consensus committee, An Oral Health Initiative. The report is scheduled for release this spring. In other good news, Dick was appointed to the National Heathcare Workforce Commission. However, he reports that “without an appropriation, they are not likely to be meeting anytime soon.” We are especially proud that Dick is the Chair of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program National Advisory Committee.

Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman
Joseph Lieberman (’88-’89) has now flown over 1,000,000 miles on the U.S. Airways, which entitles him to "Silver Preferred Status" for LIFE (so long as there is some "action" on his account, at least every 3 years). Joe’s reaction: “How 'bout them apples?” We think he should see the movie “Up in the Air”.

Vipul Mankad

Vipul Mankad
For Vipul Mankad (’03-‘04), the first grandchild had arrived while he and his wife, Aparna, were in Washington, DC; now the number has quadrupled.

 

 

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Mary Mazanec
Mary Mazanec (’98-’99) has been named the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which is based in the Library of Congress.

Marie Michnich

Marie Michnich
Marie Michnich (’84-’85) is the recipient of the 2011 American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Jacob W. Miller Award.  She attended the APhA Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, on March 22 to receive the award for “her significant contributions to improving patient health through her work as national health policy strategist and active participation with the APhA Foundation.” Read the press release.

Margaret Moss

Margaret Moss
Margaret Moss (’08-’09) is excited that the bill (S. 3036 to establish the National Alzheimer's Project), which she initiated during her fellowship in the Senate Special Committee on Aging, passed in December 2010. Another exciting bit of news is that Margaret was voted Chair-Elect of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Aging. She will be keynote speaker at several venues this spring, including the upcoming HealthCampCT@Yale to be held at the Yale University School of Nursing on April 2; the 2011 Aging Exchange to be held at the University of NNC- Chapel Hill on April 7; and the UCLA School of Nursing Research Day on May 10. Margaret was also invited by the President of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) to join its newly-formed Future of Nursing Task Force, to review recommendations from the IOM report and create a report in early summer for the Board of Directors for future initiatives.

Mary Mundinger

Mary Mundinger
After 25 years, Mary Mundinger (’84-’85) stepped down as Dean of School of Nursing at Columbia University. However, Mary continues her academic endeavors as the first Edward M. Kennedy Professor of Health Policy at the School of Nursing at Columbia University. She was appointed at an inaugural lecture at the Italian Academy on the Morningside Campus on November 16, 2010. According to Mary, the Kennedy family attended the event. Read more.

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Allen Nissenson

Allen Nissenson
Allen Nissenson (’94-‘95) was honored this month with the 2011 American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Medal of Excellence Award during the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Allen received this prestigious award for outstanding commitment to quality patient care and its ongoing improvement. Read more.

 

Fredrick Orkin
The New England Journal of Medicine published a photograph taken by Fredrick Orkin (’84-’85), 2 years after he submitted it. He only wishes the publisher spelled his name correctly and laments that “you can't have everything!” See Fredrick’s photograph.

Jerome Paulson

Jerome Paulson
Jerome Paulson (’85-’86) is continuing his work in the field of children’s environmental health. Since the first of the year, he has participated in a press briefing on the Hill about mercury emissions from power plants burning fossil fuels; participated in a Senate staff briefing on chemical management and the impact of chemicals on the health of children; and testified before the Maryland legislature on a bill to limit hydraulic fracturing in Maryland. A chapter in a new book on Environmental Health in the Home published by the American Public Health Association (APHA) came out recently, and another is in press on the link between environmental toxicants and developmental disabilities. An important policy document on chemicals management will be forthcoming this spring. On another note, Jerry was approached by an award-winning photographer on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take his pictures for their Alumni Network brochure. View Jerry’s picture. See another picture of Jerry.

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Mark Rasenick

Mark Rasenick
Mark Rasenick (’99-’00) has just been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions in the field of neuroscience. Read the University of Illinois Chicago press release. Mark was also recently interviewed on National Public Radio’s BioTech Nation concerning the discoveries of his research group and the possibility that they indicate a biomarker for therapeutic efficacy of antidepressants. Listen to the interview.

Rita Redberg

Rita Redberg
Rita Redberg (’03-’04) enjoys her work on the quality of evidence supporting new device applications at the University of California, San Francisco. She presented a synopsis of this work to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee looking at 510k approvals in July 2010. And now, Rita is on the IOM Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in America. She was also invited by Rep Waxman's office to testify on medical device safety at a Feb 17th House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Medical Devices. Rita says that it was “lots of fun.” On a personal note, her daughters, Anna (17) and Rebecca (15), were “not overjoyed when they learned they would move to DC for a year, are happy to be back in CA but now say the year in Bethesda was their best ever!”

Eugene Rich

Eugene Rich
Eugene Rich (’07-’08) has a lot happening at his Center on Health Care Effectiveness at Mathematica. They have various current projects, as well as upcoming papers and presentations (you can view the complete list at http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/chce/). They are also holding a forum called “Evaluating the Comparative Effectiveness of Care Coordination for Disabled Populations” on Tuesday, April 5 at 12:00-1:30 pm in Washington, DC (be sure to register if you wish to attend!).

More exciting news: Gene is an editor and an author of 2 chapters for a forthcoming book Health Policy Advocacy for Busy Clinicians, currently in press with Springer publishing and scheduled to be released this summer. Mark Schwartz (’09-’10) also contributed a chapter for the book. A taste of Gene’s introductory chapter can be previewed at the Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics website: http://chpe.creighton.edu/publications/rich_column.htm.

Melvin Shipp

Melvin Shipp
Melvin Shipp (’89-’90) was voted president-elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He will become president in November 2012. Melvin was also profiled in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website to share his experience as a Health Policy Fellows. Read the profile on Melvin.

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Barbara Tobias

Barbara Tobias
Barbara Tobias (’09-’10) has recently been named Medical Director of the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, working with their Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) and Beacon projects around Patient Centered Medical Homes, public reporting, and IT initiatives.

Virginia Trotter Betts

Virginia Trotter Betts
Virginia Trotter Betts (’87-’88) just completed her 2nd term as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Ginna was also just appointed to a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). And now that there is a new governor, she is no longer the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities commissioner so Ginna is trying to decide what she wants to do next.

Patience White

Patience White
Patience White (’00-’01) was awarded a prestigious award from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) at their recent annual meeting. She shares that she is “very honored as I know there are many others in the ACR who deserve this award.” At the presentation of the award, Patience “of course mentioned the role the RWJ fellowship played” in her success when she was asked to make some remarks. See the news release. Patience also shares that she is “staying for a little longer” at the National Arthritis Foundation since she successfully negotiated with her boss to include more policy responsibilities for her.

Leonard Zwelling

Leonard Zwelling
Leonard Zwelling (’08-’09) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Legacy Community Health, the largest Federally-Qualified Health Clinic in Harris County including Houston, Texas.

 

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