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Princeton Professor Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., to be Awarded the 2010 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research  

ARLINGTON, Va. and DEERFIELD, Ill., May 20, 2010 - In recognition of his contributions to the field of health services research and lifelong achievements, Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., has been named the 2010 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The Prize, funded by The Baxter International Foundation and managed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), will be awarded on June 5, 2010, at the AUPHA Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore.

Dr. Reinhardt is recognized as one of the leading U.S. authorities on healthcare economics and health policy, and is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Dr. Reinhardt serves, or has served, on a number of government commissions and advisory boards including the Physician Payment Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress to advise on issues related to physician payment; the National Council on Health Care Technology of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, now the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); the Special Advisory Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and the DHHS National Advisory Board of the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and in 2006 was appointed to chair the state's health reform commission.

"Dr. Uwe Reinhardt is one of the preeminent health economists in the world. He has used his expertise and international experience in monetary and health policy to examine economic theory and determine when and how it applies to behavior. He uses the arguments to inform policymakers and teach the public, as seen in his numerous editorials and articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal," said Kyle Grazier, DrPH, University of Michigan professor, and chair of the Graham Prize Selection Committee. "He has been instrumental in crafting and critiquing health reform as we now know it. The Graham Prize Committee was unanimous in recognizing Dr. Reinhardt's continuing impact on healthcare research and national policy, and looks forward to celebrating his accomplishments with the Prize."

Dr. Reinhardt is or has been a member of numerous editorial boards including the Journal of Health Economics, Milbank Memorial Quarterly, Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Reinhardt received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

"I am deeply honored to receive the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, especially in view of the distinguished colleagues who have received it before me," said Dr. Reinhardt. "Our work - from theorizing to number crunching to helping translate theory and research - is meant to influence public health policy decisions. Policy makers draw on the large research base the health services research community has produced over the years. To be recognized as one of that community is profoundly gratifying."

About the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research
Since 1986, The Baxter International Foundation and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration have awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research to recognize researchers who have made major contributions to the health of the public through innovative research in health services.  Originally known as The Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research, the prize was renamed the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2006 to honor the late William B. Graham, long-time chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc.  The Prize has long been internationally regarded as the premier recognition for individuals conducting health services research.

The Prize acknowledges national or international contributions of health services researchers who apply analytic methods to examine and evaluate the organization, financing, and/or delivery of health services.  The Prize recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the health of the public in one of three primary focus areas: Health Services Management, Health Policy Development and Healthcare Delivery.  The Prize winner is selected annually from a distinguished list of nominees by an international selection committee made up of past Prize winners, distinguished academics, and internationally recognized researchers.  The Prize includes an award of $25,000 to the individual and $25,000 to a not-for-profit institution that supports the Prize winner's work.

About the Prize Sponsors
The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), helps organizations expand access to healthcare in the United States and around the world.  The foundation, established in 1981, began to focus exclusively on increasing access to healthcare in 2002 - particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved - in communities where Baxter employees live and work. Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide. For more information, please visit www.baxter.com.

AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals, and organizations dedicated to improving health outcomes by promoting excellence in healthcare management education.  AUPHA fosters excellence and innovation in healthcare management education, research, and practice by providing opportunities for member programs to learn from each other, by influencing practice, and by promoting the value of healthcare management education.  It is the only non-profit entity of its kind that works to improve the delivery of health services - and thus the health of citizens -  throughout the world by educating professional managers at the entry level. AUPHA's membership includes the premier Baccalaureate and Masters degree programs in Health Administration Education in the United States and Canada.  Its faculty and individual members represent more than 500 colleges and universities.  For more information, please visit www.aupha.org.