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Karen Davis papers 1969-2005
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Biographical/Historical Note

Davis was President of the Commonwealth Fund: a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The Fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured. The Fund's two national program areas are improving health insurance coverage and access to care and improving the quality of health care services. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the U.S. and other industrialized nations. The Fund also make grants to improve health care in New York City, its own community. Established in 1918 by Anna M. Harkness. Prior to joining the Fund in 1992, Davis was professor of economics and chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.