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Statement of Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

"Today's decision is a victory for the health of the American People. Those who are uninsured, underinsured, and unable to afford health insurance will finally have access to key preventive services and health care they so desperately need for themselves and their families" Boufford said in a statement. "Moreover, the transformation in health policy to emphasize prevention and improve the overall health of the American people, including addressing health disparities, will continue."

Read Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.

About Jo Ivey Boufford

Dr. Boufford is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the area of Urban Health, will focus on the ruling's impact around disease prevention and health promotion as well as the disparities that exist with regard to health care in the U.S.

Dr. Boufford previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She also served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989.

She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Executive Council, Board on Global Health, and Board on African Science Academy Development. She was elected to serve a second, four-year term as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM beginning July 1, 2010.

Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.

About NYAM

The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities. An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; and to eliminate health disparities.

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Posted on June 28, 2012

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