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Emily  Friedman

Emily Friedman

Most noted for her work in health policy, health care reform initiatives, health care trends, insurance and coverage issues, ethics issues, population demographics and implications, & the lessons to be learned from international health care systems.

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Emily Friedman is an independent writer, lecturer, and health policy and ethics analyst based in Chicago. She is contributing editor of Hospitals & Health Networks and contributing writer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Progress, and other periodicals. Ms. Friedman also writes a regular column for Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. She is most noted for her work in health policy, health care reform initiatives, rationing of health services health care trends, insurance and coverage issues, the social ethics of health care, ethics issues for providers and leaders, care for the underserved, health care history, population demographics and their implications for health care, the lessons to be learned from international health care systems, and the relationship of society with its health care system.

Ms. Friedman has written more than 800 articles and editorials in the past 34 years. She is the editor of the books Making Choices: Ethics Issues for Health Care Professionals (American Hospital Publishing, 1986), Choices and Conflict: Explorations in Health Care Ethics (American Hospital Publishing, 1992), and An Unfinished Revolution: Women and Health Care in America (United Hospital Fund of New York, 1994). She authored The Aloha Way: Health Care Structure and Finance in Hawaii (Hawaii Medical Service Association, 1993) and The Right Thing: Ten Years of Ethics Columns from the Healthcare Forum Journal (Jossey-Bass, 1996). She also writes on health care for the World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook and the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Among her current projects are a history of health care in the state of Minnesota; an examination of the non-profit status of some hospitals and insurers; and a long-term study on the rebuilding of the Cambodian health care system after its destruction in the 1970s.

A prolific public speaker, she addresses audiences ranging from state legislators to allied health professionals to nursing and medical groups to community representatives to hospital and health system leaders and health care associations. She has also lectured at many universities, including Harvard, Princeton, the University of California - Berkeley, the University of California - San Diego, Ohio State, Yale, and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In 1987-88, she was Rockefeller Fellow in Ethics at Dartmouth College. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, which has repeatedly named her one of its highest-rated teachers.

In addition, she is a consultant on information dissemination to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has made numerous radio and television appearances, including on "ABC News Nightline" and National Public Radio shows.

She has won many awards and honors, including being named an honorary life member of the American Hospital Association, an honorary life member of the American Medical Association, a Fellow of Academy Health (formerly the Association for Health Services Research), and an honorary lifetime fellow of the American Academy of Medical Administrators. She has also received the Corning Award of the Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development and the first Pioneer Award of the Colorado Hospital Association. The annual Emily Friedman Award is given for improvements in community health by Community Health Partners, Charleston, South Carolina.

In addition, she has won many writing awards. In 2003, her column, "Making Choices," in Health Forum Journal, won a National Award of Excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (the largest competition in U.S. business publishing) and the Gold Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (the highest award that the Association grants).

In 2002, 2004, and again in 2006, the readers of Modern Healthcare named her as one of the 100 most powerful people in the health care field. In April 2005, the editors of Modern Healthcare chose her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare." In January 2011, and again in 2012, she was named one of the "Top Five Speakers in Health Care" by Speaking.com.

    "You offer a unique perspective on the wild world of delivering the oldest and most personal of services as if healing and comfort matter."

    - Healthcare Association Executive

    "You reach our hearts and souls when you speak. Few others even try to challenge us to approach health care delivery with a conscience. I greatly admire you and what you stand for."

    - State Hospital Association CEO

    "She is one of the most influential health care speakers of our century."

    - Attendee, International Healthcare Conference