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Christopher Fleming

Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart
Receives AcademyHealth Chair Award

Bethesda, MD -- As Health Affairs approaches its twenty-fifth anniversary, the journal is pleased to inform you that AcademyHealth has given its prestigious Chair Award to Health Affairs’ Founding Editor John K. Iglehart. The award will be presented at AcademyHealth’s 2006 Annual Research Meeting, June 25-27 in Seattle.

The Chair Award recognizes national leaders who have significantly contributed to moving health services research into policy and practice. It is given at the discretion of the chair of AcademyHealth’s board of directors, with approval from the organization’s executive committee. Past recipients include the late John Eisenberg, MD, former director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD.
“I am honored to receive an award from AcademyHealth, which represents health services researchers, analysts, and practitioners,” Iglehart said. “These are the people who have filled the pages of Health Affairs with top-quality content for a quarter-century. At Health Affairs, we have tried to bridge the gap between health services research and health policy, so this award represents an especially gratifying recognition for the journal and its mission.”

The parent organization of Health Affairs is Project HOPE, a charitable organization that provides health education and humanitarian assistance around the world. “Our objectives are to improve health care and save lives,” said Project HOPE CEO John Howe, MD. “By educating policymakers on what works and what doesn’t, Health Affairs plays an important role in advancing these goals, and we congratulate John on his award.”

Since its first issue in Winter 1981, Health Affairs ( has grown into the nation’s leading journal of health policy, with more than one million online page views per month. The Washington Post referred to Health Affairs as the “bible of health policy,” and a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored survey found that Health Affairs is read by more than 60 percent of the staff of congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care -- more than quadruple the readership rate for any other health publication. Health Affairs continues to expand into new areas. For example, the journal’s March/April 2006 issue marked the beginning of Health Affairs’ global health initiative, funded by a five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Iglehart is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Before founding Health Affairs, he served as a vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and director of its Washington office, and was editor-in-chief at the National Journal in the mid-1970s. Since 1981, in addition to his duties at Health Affairs, Iglehart has served as a national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and has written more than 100 essays under the title “Health Policy Report.”

Health Affairs invites those who will be attending the AcademyHealth meeting to stop by booth 109 to meet our staff, pick up copies of our latest issue, and give us your feedback


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