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Kosali Simon Appointed To Prestigious Health Policy Research Program

August 19, 2013
Bloomington, Indiana --

Kosali SimonIndiana University health economist Dr. Kosali Simon will assist the nation’s largest health philanthropy as it develops the next generation of health care leaders and researchers.

Simon was named to a three-year-term on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. The committee is composed of 13 nationally recognized experts in social science and health policy.

During her three-year term, Simon will advise the Foundation in the annual selection of Scholars and assist in monitoring the program’s ongoing progress. The Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. It was launched by Robert Wood Johnson, the founder of the Johnson & Johnson health products corporation. Its goals include improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care.

Simon is a professor at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She has conducted groundbreaking research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and is an expert in applying economic analysis in the context of health insurance and health care policy.

“This is both an honor and an opportunity,” Simon said. “I’m honored to serve alongside an exceptional group of scholars, all dedicated to improving health care access and outcomes. It also promises to be an immensely rewarding opportunity to guide the next wave of creative thinkers in health policy research.”

Simon is familiar with the work of the Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, having worked with several Program alumni during her tenure at Cornell University.

“Kosali has a growing, national reputation as a health economist and so this appointment is well-deserved,” said SPEA Executive Associate Dean David Reingold. “SPEA is honored that Kosali was chosen and our students will benefit from her experiences and the new connections she makes.”