After a distinguished 25-year tenure, Health Affairs Founding Editor John K. Iglehart will step down from the helm of the journal on September 4, 2007. Iglehart will remain affiliated with the journal in an emeritus capacity.
James C. Robinson will succeed Iglehart at Health Affairs, becoming the journal’s editor-in-chief. Robinson is currently a contributing editor at Health Affairs and the Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Under Iglehart’s leadership, since its first issue in Winter 1981, Health Affairs has grown into the nation’s leading journal of health policy, with more than 16 million online page views per year. The Washington Post referred to Health Affairs as “the bible of health policy” and described it as “the indispensable journal” for following health care reform. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored survey found that Health Affairs is read by more than 60 percent of the staff of congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care–more than quadruple the readership rate for any other health publication.
Iglehart has continually taken Health Affairs into new areas. For example, the journal’s January/February 2007 issue on cardiovascular disease was its first thematic volume devoted to a specific disease state. The upcoming July/August 2007 issue will mark Health Affairs’ first thematic issue on global health, published under a five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Health Affairs is currently marking its twenty-fifth anniversary year and will hold an anniversary conference and gala on November 1, 2007.
“Project HOPE will be forever grateful for the vision and leadership John has provided to Health Affairs,” said John P. Howe III, MD, president and CEO of Project HOPE, the publisher of Health Affairs. “John put the journal on the map and established high standards for its editorial content that have been recognized by health policy experts worldwide. I’m looking forward to Jamie joining the HOPE family and building upon the journal’s legacy.”
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Project HOPE has afforded me over the last 25 years to create a new health policy journal that crossed many different disciplinary boundaries and spanned content of interest to academe, government, and the private sector,” said Iglehart. “Project HOPE provided the editorial independence that enabled Health Affairs to become a credible source of information to the political left, right, and center.”
Iglehart called Robinson the ideal candidate to succeed him at Health Affairs. “Jamie combines in one individual academic achievement, intellectual depth, and a deep commitment to ‘shoe-leather’ social science that will make him an ideal editor. We have worked closely with Jamie for many years as an author and an editorial consultant, so he is already familiar to and respected by the journal’s staff. We welcome him with a great sense of anticipation of wonderful things to come,” Iglehart declared.
“I am excited by the prospect of building on the strong foundation laid by John, Project HOPE, the journal’s staff, and the many authors, reviewers, and sponsors who have made Health Affairs the nation’s pre-eminent health policy journal,” said Robinson. “I look forward to sustaining the journal’s long-standing interests in topics such as health insurance and delivery of care, and also to continuing to increase the journal’s presence in areas like global health and biomedical innovation and technology. In addition, as part of the journal’s mission to bring accurate and accessible information to decisionmakers, we will supplement the journal’s bimonthly print editions with more Web-based publications, blogs, online interviews, personal narratives, and other interactive formats.”
Iglehart is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He recently received AcademyHealth’s Chair Award, which recognizes national leaders who have significantly contributed to moving health services research into policy and practice. Two weeks ago, Iglehart’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, bestowed on him its “Special Life Achievement Award.” The award had been given only eight times previously in the university’s history.
Before founding Health Affairs, Iglehart served as a vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and director of its Washington office, and was editor-in-chief at the National Journal in the mid-1970s. Since 1981, in addition to his duties at Health Affairs, he has served as a national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and has written more than 100 essays under the title “Health Policy Report.”
At Berkeley, Robinson chairs the Division of Health Policy and Management, co-chairs the Health and Policy Program with the Goldman School of Public Policy, and is a core faculty member of the Health Management Program with the Haas School of Business. He teaches courses on health technology policy and strategy covering the drivers of innovation, the assessment of clinical and economic value, and the payment mechanisms in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors.
Robinson, who received his doctorate in economics from Berkeley in 1984, has published two books and over 85 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. He received a 1989 Young Investigator award from the Association for Health Services Research and was named an Investigator in Health Policy Research in 1994 by the Foundation for Health Services Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.