2007 Samuel P. Martin III, MD, Memorial Lecture

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Director of the RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities; Senior Natural Scientist and Co-Director for Public Health, Center for Domestic and International Health Security

Involving the private sector in health care disparities: The National Health Plan Collaborative to reduce disparities and improve care

Friday, March 2, 2007
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Steinberg Hall/Dietrich Hall
Rm 1206 (3620 Locust Walk)

co sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars &
The Division of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Lurie is a Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’ Neill Alcoa Professor of Policy Analysis at RAND. Along with that, she serves as Co-Director for Public Health for the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security and is Director of the RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Prior to joining RAND in early 2002, she had a long affliation with the University of Minnesota, where she was Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and most recently, Medical Advisor to the Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health. From 1998–2001, she took a leave of absence to serve as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role she worked intensively on operationalizing the Health Disparities Initiative and on HealthyPeople 2010. Dr. Lurie also helped to launch the health disparities activities in Minnesota. She is currently working with a large collaborative of national insurers that have come together to address disparities through data collection and testing of interventions. Dr. Lurie has been a leader in the area of public health preparedness as well, and has successfully led RAND’s work with the Department of Health and Human Services, among other projects, over the past 3 years.  Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, managed care, mental health, prevention, and health disparities. Much of Dr. Lurie’s career has been dedicated to translating research in these areas into policy and action.

Dr. Lurie attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and MSPH at UCLA, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She serves as Senior Editor for Health Services Research and has served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous journals. She has served on the council and was President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, is currently on the board of directors for AcademyHealth, and has served on multiple other national committees. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AHSR Young Investigator Award, the Nellie Westerman Prize for Research in Ethics, the Heroine in Health Care Award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

In addition to her work in health services research and health policy, Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net and is the mother of three children.

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