Daniel E. Dawes

Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Health Policy
Monday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. ET

Daniel E. Dawes J.D. is a nationally recognized health care leader, attorney, policy expert, administrator and author who has been at the forefront of recent major federal health care policy negotiations in the United States. A thought leader in health policy, his work focuses on health reform, health equity, mental/behavioral health, social determinants of health, poverty and health system transformation, and bridges research, health care, population health and public health – the translation of research discoveries into all communities, including under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities.

In the role of director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and associate lead for Government Relations for the Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM), Dawes champions health policy strategies focusing on social and political determinants of health to advance MSM's health equity vision. He also brings a forward-thinking, inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to address issues impacting diverse populations in urban and rural communities in our progressively complex health system. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced a $40 million, three-year partnership with MSM to battle the COVID-19 outbreak in vulnerable communities. The goal is to "establish a national COVID-19 resiliency network" that shines a light on the communities that have been ignored.

Among his many achievements, he was an instrumental figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, the Affordable Care Act and other federal policies. Dawes has written extensively on health reform, health equity, and mental/behavioral health, including the groundbreaking and best-selling health policy book, "150 Years of ObamaCare," published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which has received critical acclaim and endorsements from a bipartisan group of leaders, including Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Louis Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary Garth Graham, as well as Surgeons General David Satcher and Regina Benjamin. His newest book, "The Political Determinants of Health," addresses the question of how policy and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes. In it, Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers – including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods and lack of healthy food options – that affect all other dynamics of health.

Dawes is also a co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network and has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the U.S. He is also an associate professor at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, he has served as a distinguished guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, Georgetown University, and Saint Louis University.

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