CHPRE History

The Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics has been operational for about twenty-five years. Originally known as the Center for Health Policy, it was founded by Dr. Hazel Johnson-Brown, who was a former chief of the Army Nurse Corps and Director of Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. Dr. Johnson Brown was succeeded by Dr. Mary Wakefield, who led the Center for six years, leaving to serve as Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota and as Associate Dean and Professor of Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science. Dr. Wakefield is currently the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Center for Health Policy merged with the Center for Ethics, which was headed by Dr. Mary Silva (ret.), to become the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. The affiliation of Dr. P.J. Maddox introduced the research component which ultimately changed CHPRE’s name to the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. Throughout the years, Dr. Mark Meiners was Director, followed by Prof. Tim Henderson, as Acting Director with Dr. Lisa Eckenwiler as the Director of Ethics. Dr. Len M. Nichols, joined CHPRE from the New America Foundation in March 2010, as its current Director. CHPRE has always been located on George Mason University’s main campus in Fairfax, Va.

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