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Betsy McCaughey

Expert Profile

Betsy McCaughey

Founder and Chairwoman
Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths
Expertise: 
patient safety
hospital infections

Biography

Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., is a health policy expert and the former Lt. Governor of New York State. She is founder and chairwoman of RID - Reduce Infection Deaths - a national campaign to support greater infection control in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. In addition to serving as Lt. Governor of New York, she has taught at Columbia University, held academic appointments in health policy at the Hudson Institute and the Manhattan Institute, written hundreds of articles for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Modern Healthcare, The New Republic, and received numerous awards for her writings, including a National Magazine Award. Her research on how to prevent infection deaths has been featured on ABC's Good Morning America, the CBS Morning Show, 20/20, and many other national television and radio programs. And her steps that patients can take to help protect themselves from infection was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal.

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, Attn: Betsy McCaughey
185 East 85th Street, Suite 35B
New York  New York  10028
United States
Office Phone: 
(212) 369-3329

Announcements

The pandemic has thrown into brutal relief the extent to which the U.S. health care system produces worse outcomes for patients of color. And yet there has been scant focus on one of the biggest drivers of structural racism in health care: How doctors and hospitals are paid. In this webinar, we’ll highlight the ways in which the health care system’s focus on money and good grades is shortchanging the health of communities of color. Sign-up here!

U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.

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