ELGL is excited to announce the speaker for our second August meeting. Bruce Goldberg, Oregon Health Authority Director, will be joining us on August 15, 2012. The location and lunch details for this meeting will be sent out as the date approaches.
Bruce Goldberg M.D., is a family medicine physician who has devoted his professional career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of public health services. He served as the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from November 2005 through February 2011, a position he says he was drawn to because of the opportunity it provides for making a positive difference in the lives of so many people. He led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority as the Director-designee and was permanently appointed as the Director by Governor John Kitzhaber in February 2011.
During his time with DHS he has led efforts to improve children’s access to health care and reduce hunger and food insecurity among Oregonians, has been instrumental in developing plans for revamping the state’s mental health system and constructing two new state psychiatric hospitals, and has promoted education and prevention as the most effective means of protecting and improving the health of Oregonians.
Dr. Goldberg’s experience also includes serving as head of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, Medical Director for CareOregon, Health Officer for Columbia County in Oregon, and Director of Community Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He also was a faculty member at Oregon Health and Science University for more than 15 years.
Dr. Goldberg has published widely and has served on numerous regional and national advisory boards and committees. He currently is chairman of the American Public Human Services Association’s National Policy Council.
He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the Oregon Public Health Association, the OHSU School of Medicine’s 2000 Faculty Humanism Award, and in 1994 was named a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow.
Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.
He and his wife, also a physician, are the proud parents of two daughters, one in college and one in high school. In his spare time he plays the harmonica in a rhythm and blues band and roots for the New York Yankees.