Health Policy Institute Begins Today

Posted: June 4, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

“The Nation’s Health: Action Through Public Policy” is the theme of the ninth annual Washington Health Policy Institute that begins Monday, June 4. Sponsored by the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics in the College of Nursing and Health Science, the program runs through Friday, June 8, at the Mercatus Center at the Arlington Campus.

“The policy institute gives people an insider’s view of how Washington works, as well as a broad understanding of the many forces and players that affect our lives and how we receive and pay for health care,” says Mary Wakefield, director of the health policy center. “It offers students and faculty at George Mason a unique learning experience, and it draws attendees from more than 27 states.”

The keynote address, “Health Care Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century,” is delivered today at 9:30 a.m. by attorney Bruce Merlin Fried, former director of the Center for Health Plans and Providers, Health Care Financing Administration, in the Department of Health and Human Services. Other highlights of the institute include a presentation on the federal budget process by James C. Miller III, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Reagan administration and a current member of George Mason’s Board of Visitors; and a discussion of bioethics in health policy presented by Eric Meslin, executive director of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Washington Health Policy Institute also serves as a core for two companion programs: The Washington Internship, June 4-15, and the Policy Leadership Training Program, June 3-8.

Graduate credits and continuing education credits are available for all three options. For more information, call x31931, or visit the center’s web site at

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