Thursday, October 28, 2010, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health
University of California, San Francisco Box 0943
3333 California Street, Suite 365
San Francisco, CA 94118-0943
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received her medical degree and completed a residency in Family Medicine at UCSF, and received an MPH in epidemiology from University of California, Berkeley. For more than two decades, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on social disparities in health and health care and has been actively engaged in bringing attention to this field in the United States and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, and understanding socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health and health care. During the 1990s she worked with World Health Organization staff in Geneva to develop and implement a global initiative on equity in health and health care. She recently served as Research Director for the Commission to Build a Healthier America, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with local, State, Federal, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health. She has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since her election in 2002.
Wilhelmine Miller, MS, PhD
Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago
4350 East West Highway, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
Wilhelmine Miller, MS, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago and a Professorial Lecturer in Health Policy, George Washington University. While research faculty at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services (2006-2010), she served as Associate Director of the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America, overseeing the preparation of the Commissions report with recommendations (Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America) and as a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that made recommendations for the structure and activities of a national clinical effectiveness research enterprise (Knowing What Works in Health Care: A Roadmap for the Nation). Before joining GW, Dr. Miller was a senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine (1999-2006), directing various committees that assessed the health, economic, and community consequences of uninsurance and that made recommendations to federal agencies for incorporating cost effectiveness information in analyses of regulations addressing human health and safety risks.
Dr. Millers research interests include the uses of cost-effectiveness analysis in health care, the ethical dimensions of resource allocation decisions to improve population health, and policies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health. Her degrees in health policy and management and political philosophy are from Harvard and Georgetown Universities, respectively.