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Judges Panel Announced for the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize


NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA, June 19, 2018 – Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, today announced the panel of judges for the 2019 Hearst Health Prize. This annual award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health in the United States The winner will be awarded $100,000 and up to two finalists each will receive $25,000. Submissions are now being accepted through August 9, 2018. Please visit for details.

The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health. The nine judges are:

A. Mark Fendrick, MD: A nationally recognized expert on value-based insurance design, he is the director of the Value-Based Insurance Design Center, a professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, and a professor of Health Management and Policy at the School for Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FCPP, FAAN: A public health executive who has founded and led nationally recognized organizations, she is president and CEO of Woods Services, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Judith Hibbard, DrPH: Professor emerita, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon, her work focuses on consumer choices and behavior in health care with a particular interest in testing approaches that give patients more knowledge and control over their health and health care.

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE: Former president and chief executive officer of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) where he was a leader for 17 years, he currently consults with organizations and early stage companies on operations and governance development, business strategy and international expansion.

David B. Nash, MD, MBA: The founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, he is internationally known for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development and quality-of-care improvement.

Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MSN: A proponent of quality improvement, innovation and accountability in healthcare delivery, she is vice president of Public Payor Health Strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Healthcare System. She previously led the Patient Care Model Group at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

James M. Schibanoff, MD: A consultant to Hearst Health and former editor-in-chief of the Milliman Care Guidelines (now MCG), he supervised editorial and peer review of care guidelines and analysis of the evidence used to inform their development.

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP: President and CEO of AcademyHealth, she is a nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician who is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice.

Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA: Acclaimed for his experience in identifying and evaluating high-quality health programs and interventions, he was the founding president of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and is currently a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and visiting professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

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“These distinguished leaders bring an intellectual rigor and a diversity of experience to the Hearst Health Prize that ensures exemplary population health programs will be recognized,” Dorn said. “The ultimate goal of the award is to showcase real-world programs that are improving health.”

“It is an honor to be part of this exceptional panel and I look forward to the stimulating discussions with my fellow judges,” Nash said. “Every year, we receive outstanding submissions about programs that are truly making a difference in people's lives, and through the Hearst Health Prize we have an opportunity to honor as well as share what we learn from those innovative projects.”

The judges, in conjunction with faculty from the Jefferson College of Population Health, will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care
  • Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Innovation

Key Dates for the 2019 Hearst Health Prize:

  • August 9, 2018: Closing date for submissions at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
  • January 2019: Finalists notified
  • March 18, 2019: Finalists will present during a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • March 19, 2019: Winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Population Health Colloquium

Past Hearst Health Prize winners:

For additional information about the Hearst Health Prize, please visit