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Judges Panel Announced for the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize

Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University today announced the panel of judges for the 2019 Hearst Health Prize. This annual award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the United States. The winner will be awarded $100,000 and up to two finalists each will receive $25,000. Submissions are now being accepted through August 9, 2018. Please visit www.jefferson.edu/HearstHealthPrize for details.

The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health. The nine judges are:

A. Mark Fendrick, MD: A nationally recognized expert on value-based insurance design, he is the director of the Value-Based Insurance Design Center, a professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, and a professor of Health Management and Policy at the School for Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FCPP, FAAN: A public health executive who has founded and led nationally recognized organizations, she is president and CEO of Woods Services, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Judith Hibbard, DrPH: Professor emerita, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon, her work focuses on consumer choices and behavior in healthcare with a particular interest in testing approaches that give patients more knowledge and control over their health and healthcare.

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE: Former president and chief executive officer of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), where he was a leader for 17 years, he currently consults with organizations and early-stage companies on operations and governance development, business strategy and international expansion.

David B. Nash, MD, MBA: The founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, he is internationally known for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development and quality-of-care improvement.

Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MSN: A proponent of quality improvement, innovation and accountability in healthcare delivery, she is vice president of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Healthcare System. She previously led the Patient Care Model Group at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

James M. Schibanoff, MD: A consultant to Hearst Health and former editor-in-chief of the Milliman Care Guidelines (now MCG), he supervised editorial and peer review of care guidelines and analysis of the evidence used to inform their development.

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP: President and CEO of AcademyHealth, she is a nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician who is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice.

Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA: Acclaimed for his expertise identifying and evaluating high-quality health programs and interventions, he was the founding president of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and is currently a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and visiting professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

Full bios can be found at Jefferson.edu/HearstHealthJudges.

“These distinguished leaders bring an intellectual rigor and a diversity of experience to the Hearst Health Prize that ensures exemplary population health programs will be recognized,” Dorn said. “The ultimate goal of the award is to showcase real-world programs that are improving health.”

“It is an honor to be part of this exceptional panel and I look forward to the stimulating discussions with my fellow judges,” Nash said. “Every year, we receive outstanding submissions about programs that are truly making a difference in people’s lives, and through the Hearst Health Prize we have an opportunity to honor as well as share what we learn from these innovative projects.”

The judges, in conjunction with faculty from the Jefferson College of Population Health, will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care
  • Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Innovation

Key Dates for the 2019 Hearst Health Prize:

  • August 9, 2018: Closing date for submissions at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
  • January 2019: Finalists notified
  • March 18, 2019: Finalists will present during a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • March 19, 2019: Winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Population Health Colloquium

Past Hearst Health Prize winners:

For additional information about the Hearst Health Prize, please visit www.jefferson.edu/HearstHealthPrize.

About Hearst Health

The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen. The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions.

About the Jefferson College of Population Health

Established in 2008, JCPH is part of Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education, and home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. JCPH is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life. JCPH provides exemplary graduate programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research. Its educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.

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