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Former PA Health Secretary Everette James to Lead Pitt Health Policy Institute

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5, 2011 The University of Pittsburgh has named professor and Associate Vice Chancellor Everette James, J.D., M.B.A, as the new director of its Health Policy Institute (HPI). James joined Pitt last year after serving as Pennsylvania’s 25th Secretary of Health. 

Everette James has a proven record of translating research into public policies that have improved health outcomes and lowered costs,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “His leadership of our Health Policy Institute will ensure that the university’s scientific research continues to contribute to the evidence base from which sound state and federal health policy is made.”

Mr. James has served in senior state and federal government policymaking roles and is recognized for his collaborative work formulating and successfully implementing health policy. He implemented Pennsylvania’s first statewide indoor smoking ban and the nation’s most comprehensive health care-associated infection law, and helped negotiate the passage of scope-of-practice expansions for nurses and physician and dental assistants. Working with the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, James successfully applied current childhood obesity research to update the nutrition and physical activity standards in the Pennsylvania School Code.  

“The U.S. health policymaking environment is increasingly complex. Building on the depth of research expertise in our six Schools of the Health Sciences, Pitt’s Health Policy Institute has a unique opportunity to support policy development with science and positively impact our country’s health system,” Mr. James said. 

He succeeds Beaufort Longest Jr., Ph.D., who has led HPI since its inception in 1980.

The Pitt Health Policy Institute brings together experts from across all of the health sciences to conduct health policy research and analysis on behalf of government agencies, businesses and the foundation community. HPI’s Governance Initiative holds educational programs for health care executives and hospital trustees on key regulatory and compliance issues. The focus of HPI’s research will be on informing public health policy – laws, regulations and decisions made by the three branches of government – through rigorous scientific analysis, research and clear policy recommendations.

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