adolescents, and families; adolescent sexuality; premature parenthood; and various aspects of social work practice. She is the principal investigator of the School’s Global Program on Youth, an initiative supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; co-principal investigator of the NIMH Social Work Research Center on Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health; and a co-investigator on an NIMH research grant. Dean Allen-Meares serves on several editorial boards, as well as national professional and scientific committees promoting the intellectual and empirical advancement of the profession. She is a past member of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research, Treasurer of the Council on Social Work Education, Chair of the Publication Committee for the National Association of Social Workers, and Vice President for the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work. Dean Allen-Meares serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the William T. Grant Foundation, and has served as President of the Society for Social Work and Research and a University of Michigan Senior Fellow. She is presently appointed to the New York Academy of Medicine’s panel on long-term care issues in the United States and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dean Allen Meares serves on numerous committees at the University of Michigan that promote interdisciplinary research and instruction, fundraising, and diversity. Other areas of research/scholarly interest include school social work, racial issues, social work practice, and mental health.

Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., is the Dean and Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. He served as dean of the Heller School from 1977 to a 1993; and, in August 2005, he again assumed the deanship of the Heller School. Professor Altman has had extensive experience with the federal government, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1971-1976; as the chairman of the congressionally-mandated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, 1983-1996; and, as a member of the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, 1999-2001. In addition, from 1973 to 1974, he served as Deputy Director for Health of the President’s Cost-of-Living Council and was responsible for developing the council’s program on health care cost containment. Dean Altman has testified before various congressional committees on the problems of rising health care costs, Medicare reform, and the need to create a national health insurance for the United States. He chaired the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Changing Market, Managed Care, and the Future Viability of Safety Net Providers. His research activities include several studies concerning the factors causing the recent increases in the use of emergency

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