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AARP Board Members Nominated for Newly Created Health Advisory Groups


July 1, 2010


Contact: AARP Media Relations,, 202-434-2560


AARP Board Members Nominated for Newly Created Health Advisory Groups

WASHINGTON—As part of its mission to watch over the implementation of the health care law, AARP today nominated two of its board members to newly created health advisory groups.  Both advisory groups will serve as important resources that will help consumers, Congress and the Administration address current and future health challenges.

AARP Board Member Dr. Allen Douma was nominated to serve on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which will assist patients, doctors and policy-makers make better informed health care decisions by providing relevant information on how to best prevent diseases, disorders and other health conditions.  Dr. Douma began his career as a rural, solo practitioner.  He later served as a medical director of several companies and organizations, as well as Medicaid director for the state of Oregon.  In addition, for several years he worked with the state of Oregon and AARP Oregon to communicate to the public the information generated by the Oregon Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP).

AARP Board Member Carol Raphael was nominated to the National Health Care Workforce Commission, which will help share current and projected health care workforce supply and demand data, workforce education and training capacity and best practices.  Ms. Raphael is nationally recognized as an expert on health care and workforce policy, and has made valuable contributions to a number of prestigious commissions and advisory groups. Her past experience includes membership on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council, the organization responsible for approval of Certificates of Need and new expenditures in health care.  She currently chairs the New York eHealth Collaborative, a public-private partnership to advance the implementation of new health information technology in New York.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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