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America and Chicago's Health Safety Net: A Century of Continuity and Change

speakers' biographies

Lu Ann Aday, PhD
Lu Ann Aday is the Lorne D. Bain Distinguished Professor Emerita in Public Health and Medicine at the University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston. Ms. Aday was formerly Associate Director for Research at the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) of the University of Chicago. She has conducted major national and community surveys and evaluations of national demonstrations and published extensively on the issue of equity of access to health and health care for vulnerable populations, including numerous books dealing with conceptual or empirical aspects of research in this area. Ms. Aday has received a number of awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, including among others the Association of Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences, honoris causa, from Purdue University, and elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Ronald Andersen, PhD
Ronald Andersen is the Wasserman Professor Emeritus in the UCLA Departments of Health Services and Sociology. Previously he chaired the Department of Heath Services at UCLA and was Professor at the University of Chicago, serving for ten years as director of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) and the Graduate Program in Health Administration (GPHAP). He developed the Behavioral Model of Health Services Use that has been used extensively nationally and internationally as a framework for utilization and cost studies including special studies of minorities, low income, children, women, the elderly, oral health and the homeless. He has directed three national surveys of access to care and has led numerous evaluations to promote access to care. Of the 25 books and 240 articles he has authored, a large proportion deal with issues of access. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has been Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Medical Sociologist Leo G. Reeder Award, the Distinguish Investigator Career Award Association for Health Services Research, and the Baxter Allegiance Foundation Health Services Research Prize.

M. Gregg Bloch, MD, JD
M. Gregg Bloche is Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow (on leave) at the Brookings Institution. He has also been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Bloche has written for a variety of publications, including leading law reviews, the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, and the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. His recent work has considered physicians’ conflicts of loyalty, problems that arise from uncertainty over the value of medical treatment, and the health policy implications of individuals’ contradictory desires. Mr. Bloche is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and he serves on the editorial boards of several U.S. and international health law and policy journals, including Health Affairs. He has also been a consultant to multiple international bodies, including South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and he has served as a board member or adviser to several international human rights groups. Mr. Bloche is a graduate of the law and medical schools at Yale, and he completed a residency in psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. His forthcoming book, Do No Harm, is scheduled for publication next year.

Stephen M. Davidson, PhD
Stephen M. Davidson is Professor of Health Care Management at Boston University’s School of Management. He was Director of the School’s Health Care Management Program from 1985 to 1990. Prior to that time, he served on the faculties at the University of Chicago (1971-1981) and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1981-1985). His latest book, In Urgent Need of Reform:  Saving the U.S. Health Care System will be published by Stanford University Press. His other books include Remaking Medicaid:  Managed Care for the Public Good co-edited with Stephen A. Somers (Jossey-Bass, 1998) and The Physician-Manager Alliance: Building the Healthy Health Care Organization written with Janelle Heineke and Marion McCollom (Jossey-Bass, 1996). His other work includes a study using private health insurance claims to both develop new measures of quality of care and compare utilization under managed care and indemnity insurance arrangements; an analysis of Medicaid claims as part of a managed care experiment in New York State; a study of physician retention in community health centers; and an evaluation of a subsidized health insurance plan for working people. Mr. Davidson received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Colleen M. Grogan, PhD
Colleen M. Grogan is Associate Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her areas of research interest include health policy, health politics, and the American welfare state. She recently co-authored a book with Michael Gusmano titled Healthy Voice/Unhealthy Silence: Advocating for Poor Peoples’ Health (2007), which explores efforts to include representatives of the poor in health policy decisionmaking. Another book in progress examines the political history of indigent medical care and the political evolution of the Medicaid program in the United States. Ms. Grogan’s recent work also focuses on the politics of state children’s health insurance programs and analyzes individual effects of securing public insurance. She is the Academic Chair of the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP) and Co-Chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago. 

Beatrix Hoffman, PhD
Beatrix Hoffman is Department Chair and Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Ms. Hoffman is also an affiliate in Northern Illinois University’s Women’s Studies Program. Her fields of study include legal, constitutional, and medical policy, as well as social movements in 20th century United States. She is the author of The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America, has published articles and chapters on the history of health insurance, emergency rooms, and health care activism, and is currently investigating the history of the right to health care. Her work has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Hoffman received her PhD at Rutgers University in 1996.

Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP
Stacy Tessler Lindau is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine (Geriatrics) at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. Lindau is an integrated health researcher, combining biomedical and social science techniques to study health and health behavior in the population setting. Her primary interest is in deciphering the biological pathways linking factors outside the body (social status, technology, environment) to health and health outcomes. She was Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), the first nationally-representative, population-based study of social life, sexuality and health at older ages. She is Principal Investigator of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies, a community-engaged program of research at the individual, household, health system, and community levels to monitor health and to mitigate a long history of health inequalities in this population. Ms. Lindau also directs the Chicago Core on Biomarkers in Population-Based Research in the Center on Demography and Economics of Aging and is Core Faculty in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.  

Jeanne C. Marsh, PhD
Jeanne C. Marsh is Dean and George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her fields of special interest include services for women and families, the intersection of multiple service systems, the relation of service delivery to treatment outcome, and knowledge utilization in practice and program decision making. Ms. Marsh has published broadly on issues of substance abuse, social service provision for women and children, and evaluation of social work interventions. She is currently Principal Investigator on a study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse which explores gender differences in the impact of substance abuse treatment services where she is examining the impact of specific service elements, including the need-service matching and the client-provider relationship, on treatment effectiveness. She has received a number of awards and honors, including the National Association of Social Work Award for Excellence in Social Work Research, served as editor-in-chief of Social Work, the journal of the National Association of Social Workers, and as a board member for the Society for Social Work and Research.

David O. Meltzer, MD
David O. Meltzer is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Department of Economics, and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Mr. Meltzer’s research focuses on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and cost and quality of care. Mr. Meltzer is Director at the Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT), the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Mr. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, is Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on panels examining the future of Medicare for the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and U.S. organ allocation policy for the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He recently served on an IOM panel examining the effectiveness of the U.S. drug safety system and currently serves on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020. Mr. Meltzer received his MD and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

James Morone, PhD
James Morone is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Brown University. Mr. Morone’s most recent book is The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office (California, 2009). His Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History (Yale University Press, 2003), was named book of the month by the History News Network and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His book, Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government (Basic Books, 1990, Yale, 1998),won the American Political Science Association’s 1991 Gladys Kammerer Award for the best book on the United States and was named a “notable book of 1991” by the New York Times. Mr. Morone has won two Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Awards and has written more than one hundred essays on politics, history, and social policy. Mr. Morone has testified before Congress numerous times, most recently in January 2009 when he briefed the newly elected members on America’s health care policy choices.

Harold Pollack, PhD
Harold Pollack is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS). He is also Co-Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely about the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review. Mr. Pollack has been appointed to two committees of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before coming to SSA, Mr. Pollack was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University and taught Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Rosemary A. Stevens, PhD
Rosemary A. Stevens is the DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar in Social Medicine and Public Policy at Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Psychiatry, and the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor Emeritus in Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the department of history and sociology of science. A native of England, she began her career as a historian/policy analyst with a degree in English language and literature at Oxford University. She holds a MPH degree in Health Services Administration and Policy, and a PhD in Epidemiology, both from Yale. Ms. Stevens has published seven books and numerous articles, and has chaired or been a member of national policy committees on subjects as diverse as civil rights in health, traumatic brain injury, and Medicare as social contract. Her most recent book is The Public-Private Health Care State: Essays on the History of American Health Care Policy (2007).

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