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APHA Members Named Among the 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2009 Modern Healthcare magazine has named Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), as one of the 100 most powerful people in health care for 2009. Dr. Benjamin shares this honor with current APHA members Carolyn Clancy, MD, and Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD.


In its eighth year of publication, the annual “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list is compiled through Modern Healthcare reader nominations and votes. Over 25,700 individuals were nominated for inclusion this year and nearly half a million votes were cast. With health reform a dominant topic, this year’s list included many of the elected officials and other leaders involved in the health reform dialogue, as well as several heads of major medical associations and hospitals.


“It is an honor to have Dr. Benjamin and others working in the public health sector recognized among the most powerful people in health care,” said Linda Landesman, DrPH, MSW, chairperson of the APHA Executive Board. “With health reform on the horizon and widespread public support for changes to our current health system, their inclusion indicates an increasing awareness that public health’s message of prevention is the essential foundation of a healthy nation.”


Dr. Benjamin has been the executive director of APHA since December 2002. He came to the post from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role in implementing Maryland’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Dr. Benjamin was named to the list each of the last two years as well.


Dr. Clancy has served as the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) since 2003. AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of care for all Americans. In addition, Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at George Washington University School of Medicine and serves as senior associate editor of Health Services Research.


Dr. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM provides the nation with science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine and health. Dr. Fineberg also served as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.


The list of health care leaders was published in the Aug. 24, 2009, issue of Modern Healthcare and can be found here.

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