- Rhonda BeLue
Writer and Consultant; Policy Advisor to the Kellogg Health Scholars Program
Bonnie Lefkowitz is a writer and a consultant working on socioeconomic status and health, health care for low income and minority populations, community health issues and the determinants of health policy. Previously she served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she was Associate Bureau Director for Data, Evaluation, Analysis and Research in the Bureau of Primary Health Care and Director, Division of Health Resources and Services Policy for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and with the Congressional Budget Office as Principal Analyst. Among other special assignments, Ms. Lefkowitz co-chaired the cluster group on Underserved Populations and Preventive Health for the Clinton Health Reform Task Force, and served as Staff Director for the HHS Interagency Committee on Infant Mortality. Ms. Lefkowitz holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her new book, Community Health Centers: A Movement and the People Who Made It Happen, traces the history of a major effort to reduce health disparities from its origins in the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty to a national network serving 15 million people. She is also the author of Health Planning: Lessons for the Future, and co-author of Improving Health: It Doesn’t Take a Revolution as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Jenifer Martin leads government relations and advocacy strategies to promote and advance University of Michigan School of Public Health research and training expertise to federal agencies, the United States Congress, the State of Michigan, and other public health stakeholders. In addition, Ms. Martin works with two interdisciplinary centers housed in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and the Center for Risk Science, and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy. In addition, she serves as policy consultant to the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, assisting post-doctoral students in translating their research into policy. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she spent 13 years in Washington, D.C. in various legislative and policy capacities. From 1996-2002, Ms. Martin was an Associate at the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, where she represented clients before the United States Congress and the Administration. Prior to joining Verner, Liipfert, Ms. Martin worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Jose E. Serrano and for Senator Paul Simon on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in the Clinton White House. Ms. Martin received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1989.