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Prev Med Sem:JudyAnn Bigby: former Sec of Mass. HHS.

Join JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., past Secretary of Health & Human Services in the state of MA, for an informal discussion; please bring questions. See Dr. Bigby's profile below. (At 3:pm on this same day, Dr. Bigby will deliver the DeFriese Lecture: The Health Reform Journey in Massachusetts.)
When Oct 09, 2013
from 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Where Sheps Ctr., MLK Blvd.
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-843-8267
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Attendees are also invited to Dr. Bigby's talk at 14thannual Gordon DeFriese lecture at 3pm at the Carolina Club and the reception that follows.

JudyAnn Bigby is a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research. She served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from January 2007 through January 2013. As the longest serving Secretary of Health and Human Services she was responsible for implementing many of the aspects of the 2006 Massachusetts land mark health care reform law. With this implementation, Massachusetts achieved a nation leading health insurance coverage rate of 98% of adults and 99.8% of children. As Secretary, Dr. Bigby also worked achieve higher quality of health care and better health for Massachusetts residents while leading Governor Deval Patrick’s efforts to address the high cost of health care. Her efforts have made the Commonwealth of Massachusetts one of the nation’s leading states in forging efforts to reform health care delivery systems to build a strong primary care foundation, promote collaborations between public health and medical systems, integrate service delivery, and reform payment based on outcomes including for the most vulnerable populations with disabilities, chronic mental illness, and the frail elderly. Under her leadership Massachusetts was one of the first states to develop an integrated approach to caring for those who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. She managed the state’s largest state agency through the recession while achieving significant improvements in the delivery of mental health services for children, community-based services for people with disabilities, suicide prevention for veterans, and in smoking rates, HIV deaths, and cancer deaths in Massachusetts.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Dr. Bigby served as the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as Associate Professor and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. She attained national recognition for her pioneering work to eliminate health disparities among low-income and minority women through the design of clinical programs, education of health professionals, and community based research in areas such as breast and cervical cancer mortality. She practiced primary care internal medicine, specializing in women’s health, for more than 25 years. Dr. Bigby is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum. In 2011 President Obama appointed her as one of the inaugural members of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. She served as a member of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform. Dr. Bigby holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MD from Harvard Medical School as well as honorary degrees from Lesley University, Pine Manor College, and the New England College of Law.