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Sue Crawford named director of Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Sue CrawfordCreighton University Political Science professor and Nebraska State Sen. Sue Crawford, PhD, has been named director of Creighton’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics effective Aug. 15, 2017.

“Dr. Crawford brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy and her ability to put a human face on the complicated conversations surrounding health care is a true gift,” said the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, president of Creighton University. “Her work in the classroom and the state legislature has helped her understand the issues facing lawmakers and the needs of communities.”

Crawford was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2012. Since then, she has worked to foster civic engagement and discussions of health policy and health policy advocacy through work at Creighton and other community partners. Recently, she collaborated with other Creighton partners across the university to coordinate university-wide efforts to increase advocacy by students, staff, and faculty for improvements in behavioral health. 

“I look forward to working with my Creighton colleagues and with community partners to bring the best of our expertise and commitment to justice to tackle the tough health policy and ethics questions of our day,” Crawford said.  

Her teaching and research at Creighton have focused on public policy and civic engagement. She has taught in the Department of Political Science and International Relations since 1995. In 1999, she took the helm of the newly developed Health Administration and Policy interdisciplinary program at Creighton and built it into one of the largest majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Creighton Provost Tom Murray, PhD, said Dr. Crawford’s experience in public policy brings significant gravitas to the Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

“Never has there been more need for focus on health and public policy than now,” Murray said. “Having Dr. Crawford’s expertise and leadership in this position is exemplary of Creighton’s talented faculty and our faculty’s ability to examine real-world problems in the classroom and the field and to seek human-focused solutions.”

Dr. Crawford also holds faculty positions in the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, both at Creighton University. Her research includes a co-authored book on women clergy in politics, various book chapters including one on the roles of local religious institutions in fighting for improved health in their communities, and articles in The American Political Science Review, State and Local Government Review, Nonprofit and Volunteer Sector Quarterly, Journal of Religion and Society, Politics & Religion and the Journal of Public Affairs Education

She replaces Amy Haddad, PhD., who has served as director for the past 12 years. Haddad, who has served as the leader in bio-ethics study and education locally, regionally and nationally, looks forward to continuing that work, along with more focus on her research and teaching.

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