April 29, 2013
President Obama has nominated Howard Shelanski, the top economist at the Federal Trade Commission, to direct the White House office overseeing all federal regulations.
If confirmed, Mr. Shelanski will direct the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a branch of the Office of Management and Budget
via Obama Nominates F.T.C. Economist to Top Regulatory Post – NYTimes.com.
February 26, 2013
Dr. C. Everett Koop, who was widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history and played a crucial role in changing public attitudes about smoking, died on Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H. He was 96.
via C. Everett Koop, Forceful Surgeon General, Dies at 96 – NYTimes.com.
February 1, 2013
Earlier today, Dr. Carolyn Clancy announced that she will step down as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality after 10 years of service. As director of the lead agency for health services research, Dr. Clancy has been a tireless advocate for the use of evidence in policymaking. Under her leadership AHRQ focused important attention on improving the safety and quality of care for all. She launched the first annual report to Congress on health care disparities and health care quality, led the development of the Affordable Care Act’s National Quality Strategy, and collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to launch the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) provisions on assessing children’s quality of care.
via AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy to Step Down.
September 11, 2012
I am sorry to report that Thomas Szasz, the great libertarian critic of coercive psychiatry, the “therapeutic state,” and the war on drugs, died over the weekend at his home in Manlius, New York. He was 92.
via Thomas Szasz, Relentless Freedom Fighter, Dead at 92 – Hit & Run : Reason.com.
May 4, 2012
E. Richard (Rick) Brown, a nationally recognized public health leader who advocated for health care reform and pioneered the collection and broad dissemination of health survey data to influence policy, died Friday, April 20. Rick was 70 at the time of his death, and passed away shortly after moderating a session at the Keeneland Conference Center in Kentucky on the critical role of state and local health surveys. Throughout his life, Rick looked for ways to build bridges between the most underserved Americans and the people who were supposed to help them – lawmakers, academics, and advocates. For Rick, helping people was always a deeply personal mission.
via Remembering Rick Brown: An Advocate For Reform And Data-Driven Policy – Health Affairs Blog.
April 15, 2012
Dr. Lester Breslow, a public health leader whose research gave mathematical proof to the notion that people can live longer and healthier by changing habits like smoking, diet and sleep, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.
via Lester Breslow, Who Tied Good Habits to Longevity, Dies at 97 – NYTimes.com.