Anyone working in the US healthcare system or in healthcare policy knows that the issues around providing quality, affordable healthcare are numerous and complicated. But Dr. Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an expert at cutting through the morass of competing interests to educate providers, policy makers, and mainstream America about what’s at stake for all of us as we seek to create a more effective, affordable, and sustainable healthcare system.
We’re thrilled to honor Dr. Altman with the 2015 Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education. The award recognizes significant achievement in promoting health information, education, treatment, medicine, and care for the purposes of empowering individuals and communities to improve health outcomes for all people, especially the most vulnerable. Dr. Altman has spent much of his career doing exactly that, first as the New Jersey commissioner of the Department of Human services in the 1980s where he developed nationally recognized initiatives in welfare reform, school-based youth services, homeless programs, and Medicaid managed care.
Dr. Altman was vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he led the development of programs addressing HIV/AIDS, health services for the homeless, and health care financing. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation decided to start over in 1990 and Dr. Altman led the organization through a transformation from a grant-making organization to a non-profit information organization that produces policy research and analysis, public opinion research, and journalism on health care issues, with an emphasis on the needs of marginalized and vulnerable communities such as the poor, the uninsured, and those with chronic illnesses. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog in 2013 voted the organization “Think Tank of the Year,” praising it for offering up “the most up-to-date and accurate information on health policy” and the Affordable Care Act during the critical year when the law was rolled out.
Dr. Altman has used his platform as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation prolifically, speaking to diverse audiences about the implications of the Affordable Care Act and an array of other healthcare issues in a variety of outlets, from the conservative-leaning Wall Street Journal, where he is a regular contributor, to the more liberal Huffington Post. He regularly speaks in public policy and health-related venues, helping to illuminate and clarify some of the most pressing health care issues of our day.
The Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education Fellowship is given annually in conjunction with the Schweitzer Leadership Conference. The Schweitzer Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 from 6-10pm at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Boston.
Please join us to celebrate the critical work that Dr. Altman has done!