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

Washington, D.C., August 24, 2010 – Modern Healthcare magazine this week named Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), executive director of the American Public Health Association, and four other members of the Association among the 100 most powerful people in health care.

In its ninth year of publication, the annual 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare list is compiled through Modern Healthcare reader nominations and votes. Magazine editors noted that this year’s list “is topped with people who are spearheading implementation of the sweeping new health care reform law.”

Benjamin, who has been named to the list the last four years, joins the following current APHA members: Carolyn Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Harvey Fineberg, MD, MPP, PhD, president of the Institute of Medicine; Michael Connelly, MA, JD, FACHE, president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare Partners; and Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, director of the Indian Health Service.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Benjamin and other leaders from the public health community are recognized as among the most powerful in health care,” said Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, president of APHA. “Under health reform, public health, prevention and wellness will play an increasingly important role in transforming the way we deliver care and promote health in this country. APHA and its members are poised to contribute in great ways as our nation implements provisions of the new law.”

The list of health care leaders was published in the Aug. 23, 2010, issue of Modern Healthcare and can be found at
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