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The Future of Health Policy in America: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Blumenthal

January 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

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Learn about the future of health policy in America with Dr. Susan Blumenthal, an internationally recognized medical expert and leader. The Associated’s Health Care Professionals’ Division and The Maimonides Society are excited to host an hour-long conversation with one of the top medical experts in the country. Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. served for more than two decades as a top Federal government health official in the Administrations of four U.S Presidents where her work focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the Nation and world. Dr. Blumenthal is currently a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at New America where she is focused on a broad range of issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, applying technology to advance public health, health reform implementation, food insecurity, women’s health and global health.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Questions? Contact David Schimmel at dschimmel@associated.org or 410-368-9220.

Live-captioning is available through Maryland Relay Service. Generally, 48 hours advance notice is required to set this up. 

In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a gift to The Associated by visiting associated.org/give. You will also have the opportunity to make your 2021 Annual Campaign gift to The Associated. 

Featured Presenter & Leadership

Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD (ret)
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
First Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health
Senior Fellow in Health Policy, New America
Visiting Professor, MIT Media Lab
Senior Medical Advisor, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Clinical Professor, Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine

Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.) provided distinguished service for more than two decades as a leading national U.S. government health expert and spokesperson in the Administrations of four U.S. Presidents. She was the country’s first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a White House Health Advisor, and the Chief of the Behavioral Medicine and Basic Prevention Research Branch Chief at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Blumenthal is an internationally recognized medical leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including women’s health, mental health, and global health including pandemic preparedness to increased scientific and public attention. She was involved in the Federal response to the anthrax attacks against our nation and the H1N1 influenza outbreak.

As the first ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, Dr. Blumenthal developed innovative national initiatives and coordinated a multi-billion-dollar budget of research, services, education programs and activities across HHS. Her accomplishments include exposing the inequities in women’s health and then developing a comprehensive national strategy on sex differences in health and disease that dramatically increased public and scientific attention to these issues. She is a pioneer in apply technology to health creating the first government website and the “Missiles to Mammograms initiative working with the CIA, NASA and DOD to advance breast cancer detection. Dr. Blumenthal has also been at the forefront of national efforts to achieve effectiveness, efficiency and equity in the U.S. health care system, to emphasize the power of disease, suicide and violence prevention, to reduce health disparities, and to advance multi-sector “health in all policies” solutions. An international leader in advancing global health, Admiral Blumenthal has been a major force in responding to infectious disease threats including HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, the chronic disease pandemic, to bioterrorism and COVID-19. In collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, she co-founded the Beat the Virus campaign and resource hub to educate about proven public health practices to decrease viral transmission. She has also directed a Middle East health initiative.

Dr. Blumenthal currently serves as Director of the Health Innovations Lab at New America, as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, a Clinical Professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine, a member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and as the Senior Policy and Medical Advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Admiral Blumenthal is the recipient of many awards, medals and honorary doctorates including from Hebrew Union College and Ben Gurion University. Dr. Blumenthal is featured in the online exhibition of Jewish Generals and Admirals. She was named the Health Leader of the Year by the Commissioned Officers Association, as a Rock Star of Science by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, as a woman of valor by Hadassah, the Rosalind Franklin Life in Discovery Centennial recipient, and decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service, its highest honor, “for distinguished and pioneering leadership, groundbreaking contributions and dedicated public service that has improved the health of women, our Nation, and the world.” 


Michele Shermak, MD
Dov Frankel, MD
Maimonides Society Co-Chair

Barry Waldman, MD
Maimonides Society Vice Chair 

Maimonides Society* Committee

Nancy Bailowitz, MD
Jill Baldinger, DMD
Marshall Bedine, MD
Eric Brown, MD
Jeffrey T. Brodie, MD
Trina Kapoor Frankel, MD
Avi Leibowitz, MD
Scott London, MD
Jeffrey Posner, MD
Yanna Rachinskaya, PhD
Esti Schabelman, MD
Joshua P. Weintraub, DDS

*Healthcare professionals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Associated are recognized as members of Maimonides Society. 

Thank you to our generous Corporate Sponsors

Maimonides Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor

MedStar Health

Presenting Sponsor

SOS Technology Group

Supporting Sponsors

Kamon & Graham, Fram Monument, Israel Bonds, LifeBridge Health, UM St. Joseph Medical Center, William Blair

Centennial Sponsors

CFG Community Bank
BB&T • Brown Advisory • MedStar Health • Miles & Stockbridge • M&T Bank • PSA Insurance & Financial Services
Advance Business Systems • American Office • CANDA Solutions • Eastern Savings Bank • Hoffman & Co. • Howard Bank • Merritt Properties • RBC Wealth Management • Residential Title & Escrow Company • Schoenfeld Insurance Associates • Seven Mile Market • SOS Technology • WMS Partners • WYPR

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