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Center to Advance Palliative Care Director and MacArthur Recipient, Diane E. Meier, MD, Accepts Fellowship Post With Senate HELP Committee
Date:12/21/2009

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
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