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The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2007: Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands Welcome Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. DR. FINEBERG: Good evening, I’m Harvey Fineberg, the president of the Institute of Medicine, and it is my great honor tonight to welcome you to this evening’s 2007 Rosenthal Lecture. The topic is “Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands.” We have a truly distinguished panel with us tonight, but before we get under way I’d like to say a word about the series that this occasion represents. The Rosenthal Lectures are named in honor of Richard Rosenthal, a corporate executive and private investor as well as a philanthropist with a wide range of interests, particularly in the intersection of the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities. After his death in 1998, his widow Hinda Rosenthal was instrumental in carrying on his work through the Rosenthal Foundation. This is a bittersweet occasion because it actually represents the first of the Rosenthal Lectures since Hinda’s passing almost 1 year ago. This is a time when we have an opportunity to remember and celebrate both of them, because together they represented the best in health and philanthropy in our country. They were particularly interested in ensuring that the Institute of Medicine would be a place where we would have a regular opportunity to put forward path-breaking ideas and innovative thinking about topics just emerging over the horizon—ideas and policies that matter. I think today’s example on the workforce is a perfect illustration of what they had in mind when they asked us to undertake this series. We are honored to hear from Kevin Grumbach, Marla Salmon, and Fitzhugh Mullan. Our first presenter is Kevin Grumbach, professor and
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The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture 2007: Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and chief of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Among his many responsibilities, he directs the University of Southern California Center for California Health Workforce Studies. He has been particularly engaged in trying to improve the role of clinicians in health policy. Among his important works, for example, he has coauthored a very widely used textbook on health policy, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach. He has also written widely about the role of primary care, has been the recipient of many recognition awards from foundations and government, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is going to address the workforce challenges, especially in connection with primary care; the changing roles of those involved in primary care, including medical assistants; and the importance of team-based care using recent information technology in delivering services to patients at the time and in the way they need that service.