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The Future of Health Advisory Board

The Bipartisan Policy Center strives to serve as a resource to policymakers and to develop effective and politically viable solutions to our nation’s most critical health challenges. To inform our work, BPC convened a bipartisan group of 14 leading national health policy experts to advise on a consensus approach to improving health care and public health in the United States.

The Future of Health Advisory Board meets to discuss major current congressional and executive branch health policy actions, assess trends in public opinion identified by our fellows, provide guidance on areas of focus within the Health Program, and most importantly raise the health policy issues they feel are critical to advance in the near term and beyond

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Tom Daschle
Former Senate Majority Leader
BPC Co-Founder
Bill Frist, M.D.
Former Senate Majority Leader
BPC Senior Fellow


Alex Azar
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sheila Burke
Strategic Advisor, Baker Donelson; Fmr. Chief of Staff, Sen. Majority Leader Dole
James Capretta

Senior Fellow and Milton Friedman Chair, American Enterprise Institute


Karen DeSalvo, M.D.
Chief Health Officer, Google; Fmr. Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D
President, Samaritan Health Initiatives; Fmr. Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Chris Jennings
President and Founder, Jennings Policy Strategies; Fmr. White House Senior Health Care Advisor
Avik Roy
President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity; Policy Editor, Forbes
Allyson Schwartz
Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting; Fmr. U.S. Representative
Donna E. Shalala
Fmr. Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Andy Slavitt
General Partner, Town Hall Ventures; Co-Founder, USofCare; Fmr. White House Senior Advisor, Biden Administration; Fmr. Acting Administrator, CMS

Leana Wen, M.D.
Opinions Columnist, Washington Post; Former Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department

Gail Wilensky
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE; Board of Directors, Geisinger Health; Fmr. Administrator, Health Care Finance Administration (now CMS)


Robert Blendon
Professor Emeritus, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jarrett Lewis
Partner, Public Opinion Strategies


This effort builds on BPC’s robust heath care work that began in 2007 under the leadership of its founders, former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell. In 2017, the Future of Health Care Task Force was established to guide the development of BPC’s February 2020 report, Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care, among other products. As the health policy landscape evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, the group’s membership has expanded to include additional public health experts and to address issues across BPC’s Health Program, recognizing the interconnected nature of our workstreams.


Future of Health Care Task Force members in 2020 (from left to right): Jim Capretta, Sheila Burke, Gail Wilensky, Avik Roy, Bill Frist, Tom Daschle, Andy Slavitt, Alice Rivlin, Cindy Mann, and Chris Jennings.

Learn more about the 2020 Future of Health Care Task Force here.


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