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Sara Rosenbaum

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Sara Rosenbaum

Chair, Department of Health Policy; Professor of Health Policy/Health Service Management
The George Washington University
health policy
public health


Ms. Sara Rosenbaum is the Harold and Jane Hirsh professor of health law and policy, and chair of the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prof. Rosenbaum also directs the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the Center for Health Services Research and Policy and holds appointments in the schools of medicine and health sciences and law. Prof. Rosenbaum, who received her J.D. from Boston University Law School, has focused her career on access to health care for low-income, minority and medically underserved populations. She has played a major role in the design of national health policy in areas such as Medicare and Medicaid, private health insurance and employee health benefits, access to health care for medically underserved persons, maternal and child health, civil rights and health care, and public health. Prof. Rosenbaum worked for the White House Domestic Policy Council during the 1993-1994 time period, where she directed the drafting of the Health Security Act for President Clinton and oversaw development of the Vaccines for Children program. Prof. Rosenbaum serves on numerous national organizational boards, advised the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in John B. v. Goetz, and has served as an advisor on numerous governmental and private sector health policy initiatives. She is co-author of \"Law and the American Health Care System\" (Foundation Press, NY, NY), a widely used health law textbook. Prof. Rosenbaum is a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator's Award in Health Policy Research, and her work focused on race discrimination and health policy. She has been named one of America's 500 most influential health policymakers and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for distinguished national service on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries.

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