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Center to Advance Palliative Care Director and MacArthur Recipient, Diane E. Meier, MD, Accepts Fellowship Post With Senate HELP Committee

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is pleased to announce that its director, Diane E. Meier, MD, a pioneer in palliative care, has accepted a post with the Senate HELP Committee.

As one of four 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellows, Dr. Meier will have the opportunity to directly participate in the policymaking process at the Federal level. The HELP committee has jurisdiction over issues such as workforce, medical education and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"This is an enormous honor and a tremendous opportunity to gain insight into how health care policy is made, especially during this time of health reform," said Dr. Meier. "My hope is that the entire field of palliative care will be the ultimate beneficiary."

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for health and aging professionals to gain the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development of health policies that affect older Americans.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Meier as part of the second cohort of Health and Aging Policy Fellows," said Harold Alan Pincus, MD, National Director of the Atlantic Philanthropies' Health and Aging Policy Fellowship. "Her experience as both a clinician and a researcher will help inform policy, and her placement in the Senate HELP Committee will give her an opportunity for a hands-on, in-depth experience in the policymaking world at such a crucial time."

Dr. Meier is Director of both the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

As Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Dr. Meier leads a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States.

Palliative care is aimed at relief of symptoms, practical support for families, and help negotiating this fragmented healthcare system. Unlike hospice, patients can receive curative and life-prolonging treatments at the same time as they benefit from palliative care.

About CAPC

CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness.

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Diane Meier, MD, FACP

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