HMP Celebrates UM-SPH's 75th Anniversary in April 2017!

All are welcome to join students, faculty, staff and alumni as HMP celebrates the 75th Anniversary of U-M SPH in April.

HMP welcomes five distinguished experts to discuss the different options for the future of American healthcare.


HMP Distinguished Panel
Thursday, April 13th 2:30 - 4:00 PM (M1020, SPH II)
Reception in the Community Room to follow (1680, SPH I)


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  • Richard Hirth is Chair and a Professor of Health Management and Policy. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Carleton College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Hirth has received several awards, including the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award (2014), the Kenneth J. Arrow Award in Health Economics, awarded annually by the American Public Health Association and the International Health Economics Association to the best paper in health economics (1993); The University of Michigan School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award (2014); the Excellence in Research Award in Health Policy from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (1998 and 2009); and the Thompson Prize for Young Investigtors from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (1999); Listing in Top 20 Most Read Articles of 2009, Health Affairs (2010); Outstanding abstract (consumer decision-making theme), AcademyHealth Annual Meeting (2007); and Outstanding abstract (long-term care theme), Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Annual Meeting (2001).

  • Peter D. Jacobson is Professor of Health Law and Policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1970, and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1988. Before coming to the University of Michigan, he was Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND from 1988 to 1996. His current research interests focus on the relationship between law and health care delivery and policy, law and public health systems, and health care safety net services.

    In 1995, he received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the role of the courts in shaping health care policy. The project culminated in the publication of the book Strangers in the Night: Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era (Oxford University Press, 2002). Jacobson is co-author of a law school casebook with Lawrence O. Gostin, David Hyman, and David Studdert titled Law and the Health System (Foundation Press, 2014), and is also a co-author of False Hope vs. Evidence-Based Medicine: The Story of a Failed Treatment for Breast Cancer (Oxford University Press, 2007). He is currently the Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health at the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Starting in January, 2015, Jacobson will be a member of the Washtenaw County (Michgan) Board of Health.

    Professor Jacobson's current research interests focus on the relationship between law and health care delivery, law and public health systems, public health ethics, and health care safety net services. For instance, recent studies have examined public health entrepreneurship, the impact of state and federal law on public health preparedness, and enhancing organizational and operational efficiencies in Michigan's health care safety net providers. A current project examines adaptive strategies for Michigan's health departments.

  • Paula Lantz is the Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement and a Professor of public policy at the Ford School. She most recently was professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. From 1994-2011, she was faculty member at the University of Michigan with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health, and affiliations with the Ford School and the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in the role of health care versus broad social policy aimed at social determinants of health in reducing social disparities in health status. She is currently doing research regarding the potential of social impact bonds to reduce Medicaid expenditures. Lantz received an MA in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Marianne Udow-Phillips is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care.

    Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, and care and network management programs for the traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of Plans and Operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices. Marianne holds a Master's degree in Health Services Administration from the U-M School of Public Health; she is a lecturer of public health at the U-M School of Public Health.

    In addition to her long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, Marianne is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children, including a focus on early childhood development. She has served on many boards and commissions. Among others, her current non-profit board involvement includes the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Freedom from Hunger, Arbor Research, the U-M School of Public Health Dean's Advisory Board, the U-M Depression Center's National Advisory Board, Arboretum Ventures Advisory Board, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance Pain Management Expert Panel. In addition, she is a member of the Dialog Direct board of directors and the External Advisory Group for the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies.

    Marianne has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Anti-Defamation League's "Women of Achievement Award"; Crain's Detroit Business top 100 "Most Influential Women" in 2002, 2007 and 2016; Wayne State College of Nursing's "2003 Lifeline Award"; Girl Scouts of Huron Valley Council's "2006 Women of Distinction Award"; Michigan Business and Professional Association's "2006 Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award"; Michigan Fatherhood Coalition's "2007 Child Advocate Award"; Michigan Women's Foundation's "2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Award"; and Michigan's Children's 2008 "Heroes" award. Ambassador Magazine named her as one of its 2011 Ambassadors of the Year," and Crain's Detroit Business named her a Woman in Business "Game-Changer" in 2012.

  • Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he has been on the faculty since 1972. He served as Dean of the School of Public Health from 2005-2010. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968 and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1970 and 1974, respectively.

    Presented in over 200 professional publications, Dr. Warner's research has focused on economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the World Bank's representative to negotiations on the global treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He also served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, published in 1989. He has chaired the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Tobacco Control since the journal's inception in 1992. During 2004-05 he was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He consults with numerous governmental bodies and voluntary organizations, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative). He was also the founding Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. Dr. Warner has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

    Dr. Warner has been cited twice by Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society, for "Outstanding Achievement in Public Health." He was awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion by Dr. C. Everett Koop in 1989. In 1990, he received the Leadership Award of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section of the American Public Health Association. In 1996, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences and was named to the first class of Fellows of the Association for Health Services Research (now AcademyHealth). In 1997, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2002 he received the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In 2003, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Helsinki, Finland, he received the inaugural Outstanding Research Contribution award in the international Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. In 2006 he was selected as an Ambassador in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, Research!America. In 2010 he received the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health. In 2013 he received the University of Michigan School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2014 Dr. Warner was awarded a Regional World No Tobacco Day Award by the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization. In March 2017 he received the Doll-Wynder Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Florence, Italy.