Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:30 AM PST
To celebrate Black History Month we are honoring Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan as our February Man of the Month. He is an active health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. Dr. Sullivan served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989 to 1993 during President George H. W. Bush's Administration and was Founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Some of his accomplishments while at HHS include:
§ The introduction of a new and improved FDA food label
§ The release of Healthy People 2000
§ The introduction of a public education program focused on the health dangers from tobacco use
§ The inauguration of a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative
In addition to these achievements Dr. Sullivan placed greater emphasis on gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS by selecting the:
§ First female Director of the National Institutes of Health
§ First female (and first Hispanic) Surgeon General
§ First African-American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
§ First African-American Administrator (Acting) of the Health Care Financing Administration
§ First female Chief of Staff of HHS
In 1991, Dr. Sullivan formed the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). WEDI is the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation's healthcare system. In 1996 WEDI was designated as an advisor to HHS.
In 2003, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
He recently won (along with David Chanoff) a NAACP Image Award for his autobiography "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine" (University of Georgia Press).
Dr. Sullivan has undoubtedly disrupted healthcare (in a positive way of course). He also helped women move into leadership roles in healthcare. We are proud to name him our February Man of the Month!
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