CU Doctor Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship
Eugene C. Rich, M.D., chair of the Creighton University Department of Internal Medicine, has been awarded a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship.
Rich is one of only seven persons nationwide selected to participate in the fellowship program in 2006. The Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship provides mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an opportunity to experience and directly participate in the formulation of federal health policies.
Rich will live in Washington, D.C., for 12 months, beginning in September, and work with key executive branch officials responsible for health policy and programs, or with members of Congress and their staffs. Fellows also participate in seminars designed to increase their knowledge in such areas as current priorities in federal health policy, health economics, and the congressional budget process. Following the one-year experience, fellows return to their home institutions or practices to assume leadership roles in improving health policy and management.
Throughout his career, Rich has been very active in research, academic administration, and public policy related to medical education and general medical care. He is also interested in public policy as it affects Americans’ access to health care.
“Far too many Americans lack access to health care, and for those with health insurance cost continues to rise,” he said. “Creighton University has long been involved in promoting access to high quality health care. I am honored to represent Creighton and our community in this program, working with policy-makers in Washington on improving our health care system.”