Law professor contributes to report on the future of national health policy
October 07, 2010
Barbara J. Safriet, Visiting Lewis & Clark Professor of Health Law and Policy, wrote a paper that is part of a landmark report focused on national health policy issued October 5, 2010, by the Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Commission on the Future of Nursing, headed by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, commissioned papers from experts around the country, including Professor Safriet, as part of a major initiative to define the national agenda on the future of health care quality and the shortage of nursing in the United States. Professor Safriet’s paper analyzed Federal Options for Maximizing the Value of Advanced Practice Nurses in Providing Quality, Cost-Effective Healthcare.
Professor Safriet has had a long and distinguished academic and public service career in health law and policy. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School from 1988 to 2007. In addition to her academic administrative duties, she taught seminars on Health Law & Policy and The Regulation of Health Care Providers, and served as a Co-Director of the Project on Comparative Public Health Law Curriculum Development for China (1996-99), and as a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Board of University Health, and the Executive Committee of the Center for Bioethics. Prior to 1988, she was a Professor of Law for 12 years at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has served as a member of The Pew Health Professions Commission, and its Taskforce on Health Care Workforce Regulation, and as a Health Law Consultant and Presenter for the Rockefeller Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Association of Academic Health Centers, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Rural Health Association, the National Council of State Legislatures, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many others. She also has published and lectured extensively on topics of administrative and constitutional law, and health care workforce regulation.