The Next Four Years: Health

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications, and B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Issues related to health — at the personal, community and global scales — will challenge the next president, both in his or her first 100 days and throughout the next four years. In the third part of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Janet CurrieHeather Howard,Adel Mahmoud and Uwe Reinhardt examine a number of these issues.

Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Currie, who is also chair of the Department of Economics, focuses her research on the health and wellbeing of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs.

Howard is a lecturer in public affairs at the Wilson School and a faculty affiliate at CHW. She is the director of two programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Advancing Coverage in States, which provides technical assistance to states implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the State Health and Value Strategies program, which supports state efforts to enhance the value of health care. Previously, Howard served as New Jersey's commissioner of health and senior services.

Reinhardt is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at the Wilson School. He is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on health care economics. He is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research and, from 1986 to 1995, he served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee, which was established by Congress. He is a prolific researcher and serves or has served on a number of editorial boards.

Mahmoud is a lecturer with the rank of professor at the Wilson School and Department of Molecular Biology. A leading expert on vaccine development and infectious diseases in the developing world, Mahmoud previously served as president of Merck Vaccines, a management committee member for Merck Co., chairman of medicine at Case Western's School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at University Hospitals of Cleveland. 

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