and Refugee Rights, the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, and the California Budget Project. He has served on several government committees, including the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National HIV Prevention Planning Group, and the California Department of Health’s Task Force on Multicultural Health. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, the Joint Commission Public Advisory Group, the National Quality Forum Work Group on Minority Healthcare Quality Measurement, and several technical advisory committees for the California Health Interview Survey.
Anne C. Beal, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Aetna Foundation. Previously, she was assistant vice president for The Commonwealth Fund’s Program on Health Disparities. That program seeks to improve quality and reduce disparities in health care for low-income and racial/ethnic minority patients by promoting quality improvement innovations and addressing barriers to quality improvement adoptions that would benefit the underserved. Dr. Beal is also the chair of the New York State Minority Health Council. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Beal was a health services researcher at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, she was associate director of the Multicultural Affairs Office, an attending pediatrician within the division of General Pediatrics, and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Beal’s research interests include social influences on preventive health behaviors for minorities, racial disparities in health care, collection of race/ethnicity data, and quality of care. Dr. Beal serves on the advisory boards for many organizations, has been a reviewer for the Health Systems Research study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and was recently appointed as co-chair of the Healthcare Disparities Technical Advisory Panel for the National Quality Forum’s Ambulatory Care Measures Project.
E. Richard Brown, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Brown has studied and written extensively about a broad range of issues and policies that affect the access of disadvantaged populations to health care. His recent research focuses on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage, and the effects of public policies, managed care, and market conditions on access to health services, particularly for disadvantaged populations, ethnic minorities, and immigrants. Dr. Brown and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s studies of health insurance coverage, uninsurance, and eligibility for public programs have been used by California’s governors, legislators, and advocates in crafting health insurance legislation and programs. Dr. Brown is the principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), one of the nation’s largest ongoing health surveys. CHIS uniquely provides statewide and local-level estimates for California’s diverse population and covers a broad range of health issues, including health status and conditions and access to health care.
Marshall H. Chin, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, is a general internist with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. Dr. Chin is director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change National Program Office, a major effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In addition, he is associate director of Chicago’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-supported Diabetes Research and Training Center; associate chief and director of research in the Section of General Internal Medicine; and co-director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Chin and his partners from the MidWest Clinicians’ Network consortium of community health centers have engaged in a series of studies funded by AHRQ, NIDDK, and the RWJF to improve the quality of diabetes care in health centers that serve the indigent. These multifactorial, community-based interventions include rapid quality improvement, chronic disease management, provider training in behavioral change, and patient empowerment interventions. Dr. Chin performed a national evaluation of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Health Disparities Collaboratives, the most comprehensive effort to improve the quality of care in health centers yet to be undertaken. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation. Currently, Dr. Chin is leading the evaluation