It’s a short holiday week. So, for some light reading, read this “people post.” You likely will recognize some of the names mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving!

For more personnel news, watch for my January GrantWatch column (free access) in Health Affairs.

In October 2012, Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, received the 2012 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine. Berwick is perhaps best known as the former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which aims to enhance patient safety and health care quality. An endowment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds the Lienhard award.

Becky Hayes Boober has been promoted to senior program officer at the Maine Health Access Foundation, in Augusta. According to the November issue of the funder’s e-newsletter, she “has guided the foundation’s work to advance patient-centered care through [its] Integrated Care Initiative—promoting the integration of behavioral health and primary care services.” (For more on this initiative, see my September 2012 GrantWatch column in Health Affairs.)

In more news from the Maine Health Access Foundation, Charles Dwyer will join its staff on December 3 as a program officer. He has been with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MeCDC) for a number of years. As of the writing of the foundation’s November newsletter, he was that agency’s district liaison for the four-county Midcoast area of Maine. From 2006–2011, Dwyer was director of the state Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, which is part of the Division of Local Public Health at the MeCDC; there, he worked on the statewide Health Workforce Forum and Maine Telehealth Collaborative, the newsletter says.

Shelley A. Hearne, who has been managing director of the Pew Health Group for going-on five years, will be leaving Pew at the end of 2012. As she explained in an e-mail to colleagues, “Because of some clear internal synergies, Pew’s leadership recently decided to merge the Pew Center on the States and the Pew Health Group, and the new division will be led by my colleague, Sue Urahn.” Hearne has been affiliated with Pew, on and off, for many years. Her background includes being executive director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission.

Hearne will remain in her longstanding position of a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She says that she plans to continue her “efforts to strengthen the public health field and enhance its advocacy capacity.”

Read a GrantWatch article, “Leveraging the Nation’s Anti-Bioterrorism Investments: Foundation Efforts to Ensure a Revitalized Public Health System,” written by Hearne and colleague, Laura M. Segal. Hearne was then founding executive director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).

Ashish Jha, C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and a practicing general internist, has been named the second policy research fellow at West Health Policy Center. Peter Neumann, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, at Tufts Medical Center, was the first fellow chosen. Fellows “are selected based on their ability to identify at least $1 billion in actionable, annual health care cost savings” for the United States, according to a November 2012 press release. Launched in January 2012, the nonpartisan center is solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West. By the way, both of the research fellows happen to be frequent Health Affairs authors.

The Colorado Trust hired Courtney Lee Ricci as evaluation and learning officer, according to an August press release. In this position, she will design and manage evaluations of trust “grant strategies to increase knowledge, learning and understanding about the effectiveness of the foundation’s grantmaking.” Before coming to the trust, located in Denver, she worked at the University of Colorado Medical School, where she was employed as a professional research assistant on several National Institutes of Health studies. She has completed work for a doctorate in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado Denver.

Stuart Schear, who worked in communications for a variety of foundations over the years, was named vice president of communications at American Jewish World Service in July 2012. Prior to his recent consulting work, he had worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America Atlantic Philanthropies, the Markle Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Debora L. Spar has been elected to a three-year term on the Markle Foundation’s board of directors. A political scientist by training, she is the president of Barnard College, a private liberal arts college for women that has had a partnership with Columbia University since 1889.