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Homelessness, Health, and Human Needs (1988)

Chapter: Appendix F: Biographical Notes on Committee Members

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Biographical Notes on Committee Members." Institute of Medicine. 1988. Homelessness, Health, and Human Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1092.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Biographical Notes on Committee Members." Institute of Medicine. 1988. Homelessness, Health, and Human Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1092.
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F Bioiraph;eal Notes on Comm;~tee Members DREW ALTMAN, Ph.D., is commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services. He came to his post in 1986 from a position as vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, Dr. Altman held an administrative position with the Health Care Financing Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ELLEN L. BASSUK, M.D., is associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has completed various research studies and written extensively about the origins of homelessness, the needs of homeless families, and the impact of homelessness on children. In 1988 she became president of The Better Homes Foundation in Chestnut Hill, Massachu- setts, a new organization created to help homeless families. WILLIAM R. BREAKEY, M.D., is currently the director of the Community Psychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has carried out research on homeless persons suffering from mental illness and alcohol problems and has provided clinical care for them. A. ALAN FISCHER, M.D., is professor and founding chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. A practicing family physician since 1953, Dr. Fischer is active in educating students and young physicians to meet people's primary health care needs. 225

226 APPENDIX F CHARLES R. HALPERN iS professor of law at the City University of New York Law School at Queens College and senior fellow at Yale Law School. He was the founding dean of the CUNY Law School and the cofounder of the Mental Health Law Project and the Center for Law and Social Policy. He has been actively involved in efforts to define and protect the legal rights of mentally impaired people. JUDITH R. LAVE, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University; director of the Division of Economic and Quantitative Anal- ysis, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services; and director of the Office of Research in the Health Care Financing Administration. She is currently professor of health economics at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. JACK A. MEYER is founder and president of New Directions for Policy, a research and policy organization that develops, analyzes, and evaluates social policies for government, business, and the foundation community. Mr. Meyer is the author of numerous books on health care policy. He is currently serving as a senior consultant to the Ford Foundation's Project on Social Welfare and the American Future. GLORIA R. SMITH, R.N., Ph.D., is presently dean and professor of nursing at Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit; during her service on the study committee, she was the State Health Director for Michigan. Prior to that Dr. Smith was dean and professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing (Health Sciences Center) in Oklahoma City. LOUISA R. STARK, Ph.D., iS an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Arizona State University. She was formerly professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin and has served as director of anthropology at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Dr. Stark serves on the Salvation Army Social Services Advisory Board and, since 1984, has been president of the National Coalition for the Homeless. NATHAN J. STARK, a lawyer, is senior vice chancellor emeritus for Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and president emeritus of the Uni- versity Health Center of Pittsburgh. He served as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1979-1980.

APPEN DIX F 227 M ARVIN TURCK, M.D., is professor of medicine, University of Wash- ington School of Medicine. During his service on the study committee he also held the posts of medical director of Harborview Medical Center and associate dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Turck is editor of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. BRUCE C. VLADECK is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He also serves as a member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, the Board of Directors of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the New York State Advisory Council on Graduate Medical Education. Before joining the United Hospital Fund in 1983, Dr. Vladeck held positions at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and Columbia University. PHYLLIS B. W OLFE, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., developed a prototype mental health care program for the homeless in Washington, D.C., and was its project director from 1981 to 1985. In 1984-1985 she designed and implemented the Public-Private Partnership Health Care for the Homeless Demonstration Project in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Memorial Trust; she continues to serve the Project as its executive director.

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There have always been homeless people in the United States, but their plight has only recently stirred widespread public reaction and concern. Part of this new recognition stems from the problem's prevalence: the number of homeless individuals, while hard to pin down exactly, is rising. In light of this, Congress asked the Institute of Medicine to find out whether existing health care programs were ignoring the homeless or delivering care to them inefficiently. This book is the report prepared by a committee of experts who examined these problems through visits to city slums and impoverished rural areas, and through an analysis of papers written by leading scholars in the field.

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