ELISE LIPOFF, MPP, Program Officer, Office of Health Policy Programs and Fellowships, serves as deputy to the director for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship program and also served as Research Associate for this study. She is coeditor of the recently published book entitled Information Trading: How Information Influences the Health Policy Process. Her previous health policy and research experience includes positions with The Finance Project, the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University, and the Washington Business Group on Health. She received her master's in Public Policy from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs and her bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

ANNICE HIRT, Research Assistant from March through September 1997, has worked at the IOM for more than 3 years. As a Project Assistant, she worked on a 2-year study to assess the adequacy of nursing staff in hospitals and nursing homes and later worked as Acting Administrative Assistant for the Division of Health Care Services. She has provided research support to two IOM studies: Children, Health Insurance, and Access to Care and Health Services in the U.S.-Associated Pacific Basin. She received her bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College.

KATHLEEN NOLAN, Research Assistant from January through May 1998, came to the IOM in 1996. She has worked on The National Roundtable on Health Care Quality, Implementing a National Graduate Medical Education Trust Fund, and a study on non-heart-beating organ donors. Previously, she worked on regulations and legislation in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She is enrolled in the master of Public Health program at the George Washington University and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Carleton College.

TRACY MCKAY, Project Assistant, joined the IOM Division of Health Care Services in January 1997. She also serves as project assistant for the National Roundtable on Health Care Quality. Ms. McKay received her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Vassar College in May 1996.

JOHN BROTHERS, Graphics Consultant, has held a variety of administrative and technical writing positions with the International Finance Corporation since 1994. His software experience includes Access, Excel, Word, and WordPerfect. Mr. Brothers received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia and studied economics at Davidson College.

CARINA WEI-YEE FUNG, Summer Intern, is a candidate for bachelor of sciences degrees in chemical engineering, biology, and literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was selected for the MIT Washington Summer Internship Program and the Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus Institute's Summer Internship Program and spent June and July of 1997 with the IOM Division of Health Care Services working on this report.

MICHAEL DOMBECK, Summer Intern, will graduate from Duke University in May 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, bachelor of arts degree in public policy studies, and a certificate in health policy studies. Previously, he was a summer intern for the intellectual property division of Pfizer Inc. He spent June, July, and August of 1997 with the IOM Division of Health Care Services working on this report and other projects.

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