chronic illness and disabilities, with a recent emphasis on studies of the Supplemental Security Income program for children and adolescents. He coauthored Chronically Ill Children and Their Families and Home and Community Care for Chronically Ill Children. He served on the IOM's Committee on Maternal and Child Health under Health Care Reform (1994).

RUBY VAN CROFT, R.N., is currently director of Community Relations for the Visiting Nurses Association for Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland. She has held a variety of positions at the Visiting Nurses Association, including director of Special Programs, assistant director for Contracts and Grants, and assistant director for Services. She also serves as president of the Capital Home Health Association. In addition to her direct service responsibilities, for the past 15 years she has taught graduate-level management courses at several universities in the Washington, D.C., area. Ms. Van Croft received her nursing diploma from Freedmen's School of Nursing, a bachelor's degree from Columbia Union College, and a master's degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Maryland.

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