Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, has been elected to the national Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Heymann is an internationally renowned researcher on health and social policy. She is the founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center, which has transformed the quantity and quality of comparative data available to policymakers, researchers and the public through its ongoing analyses of policies affecting human health, development, well-being and equity in 193 countries.
Heymann is among 70 members and 10 foreign associates elected this year to the IOM, one of four National Academies. The institute serves the nation as a resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
"It is an honor to welcome our highly distinguished colleagues to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey Fineberg. "These individuals have inspired us through their achievements in research, teaching, clinical work and other contributions to the medical field. Their knowledge and skills will deeply enrich the IOM."
As a new IOM member, Heymann joins 22 previously elected Fielding School faculty members, who have led and participated in groundbreaking studies across a multitude of sectors, from urban planning, maternal health and nutrition to epidemiology, health policy and management, and cancer prevention. In addition to Heymann, the Fielding School's current IOM members include Ronald Anderson, Robert Brook, Ronald Brookmeyer, Thomas Coates, Jared Diamond, Jose Escarce, Jonathan Fielding, Paticia Ganz, Lillian Gelberg, Gail Harrison, Richard Jackson, Robert Kaplan, Emmett Keeler, Jeanne Miranda, Jack Needleman, Thomas Rice, Linda Rosenstock, Eugene Washington and Kenneth Wells.
Members of the Institute of Medicine make a commitment to volunteer for activities and serve on boards and committees that study a broad range of health policy issues. Last month, an IOM committee chaired by Fielding School IOM member Patricia Ganz released a major report calling for an overhaul of the cancer care system in the United States.
To see the full list of this year's members, read the IOM's press release.
The Fielding School of Public Health, founded in 1961, is dedicated to enhancing the public's health by conducting innovative research, training future leaders and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, translating research into policy and practice, and serving its local communities and the communities of the nation and the world. The school has 650 students from more than 35 nations engaged in carrying out the vision of building healthy futures in Greater Los Angeles California, the nation and the world.