HSMC forms new links with Harvard

Posted on Tuesday 24th September 2013

HSMC is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA as an HSMC Honorary Professor.

Since 2011 John McDonough has been Professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the new Center for Public Health Leadership in charge of the School’s executive and continuing professional education programmes. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. His specialty is U.S. health policy and politics, federal and state, and he teaches political strategy for public health professionals.

Professor McDonough’s background reflects a diverse set of professional engagements in government and public service, academia, advocacy, and non-profit leadership with two significant stretches of service in government at state and federal levels. Between 1985 and 1997 he served as a state representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and held a variety of health policy responsibilities, including terms as chairman of the Joint Committees on Health Care and Insurance and, whilst in that role he was deeply engaged in many community activities and organizations. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a senior advisor on national health reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

Professor McDonough’s other experience includes working as Executive Director of Health Care for All (between 2003 and 2008), a Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization which has a broad community-based membership and stake holder constituency where he played a central part in the introduction of the Massachusetts health reform law in 2006. He has also held positions as an Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate in the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University and as the first Joan Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College, Roosevelt Public Policy Institute in New York City.

Professor McDonough’s career has involved creating unique and innovative partnerships and collaborations to achieve a wide range of results to improve health care, health coverage, population health, and community health.

In late 2012 Professor McDonough was part of the team that bid for and won the contract to deliver a series of national leadership development programmes for middle-level and senior NHS leaders, in which he will be centrally involved in provision. In particular, he will work alongside HSMC’s Jon Glasby to co-ordinate all international input and to help deliver the ‘broadening horizons’ module of the senior leaders’ programme.

See Honorary Staff page