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Susan  Dentzer

Susan Dentzer

Leading Health Policy Journalist

Biography

Susan Dentzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of more than 100 stakeholder organizations from across all key sectors of health and health care. NEHI’s mission is to advance innovations that improve health, enhance the quality of health care, and achieve greater value for the money spent.  With offices in Washington, DC, and Boston, Massachusetts, NEHI conducts independent, objective research and thought leadership to accelerate these innovations and bring about changes within health care and public policy. Read More >

Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR.  She previously served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care in the United States, and as the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs. From 1998 to 2008, she was the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Dentzer wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, Reinventing American Healthcare, focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation. 

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and also serves on the academy’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading global humanitarian organization; a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates on behalf of biomedical and health-related research; and is a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. From 2011 to 2017 she was public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians. She also is a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors.
 
Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She has served as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School for more than two decades.   Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University.   She and her husband have three grown children. One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders, Dentzer from 2013 to March 2016 served as senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was formerly editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, and the on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is a frequent commentator on health issues on National Public Radio and other media outlets.

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center on bioethics. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading international humanitarian organization; Research!America, which advocates for support of biomedical research; and the Public Health Institute. 

Dentzer is an alumna and trustee emerita of Dartmouth, previously chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, and is and a longtime member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She, her husband, and three children live in the Washington, DC area. Read Less ^

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Political Economics

In this informative presentation, Susan Dentzer analyzes fiscal and budgetary problems facing the US, outlines current disputes, and explains whether or not they revolve around healthcare. While examining current battles between congress and the White House, she offers both short-and long-term solutions, and explains what it all means for consumers, associations, and corporations.

The Future of Healthcare Policy

As an expert on healthcare policy, Susan Dentzer cuts through the rhetoric and examines the latest policy changes and explains what they mean for the future. Read More >

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  • The future of Medicare reform.
  • Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • Rising to meet America’s healthcare challenge.