Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Visits NYU Wagner
Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS), visited NYU Wagner on January 30 and fielded questions about her extensive career, management learnings, and the Affordable Care Act from Dean Sherry Glied and a group of NYU Wagner students working toward an MPA in Health Policy and Management.
Ms. Tavenner started out in the healthcare field as a nurse. As the current Administrator for the CMS, she manages an $820 billion federal agency that, among many other tasks, has overseen the signup of more than 3 million Americans, and counting, for health insurance coverage under the landmark Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March, 2010. The agency is also implementing insurance reforms and the Affordable Insurance Exchanges included in the health reform law.
In describing some of her recent successes and challenges in a complex public arena, she noted she never set out to become one of the nation’s top healthcare officials. But she said she has always embraced and truly enjoyed each of her roles, as nurse, healthcare administrator at both state and federal levels, executive of a hospital chain, and her present top-tier post. Along the way she has learned to trust her instincts, listen closely to her staff and the public, and "be yourself."
Her most recent experiences as an appointee of President Barack Obama have demonstrated anew to her that the healthcare field is fast-changing, a vital part of the economy and well-being of everyone's community and country, and a rich and deeply rewarding area in which to be involved.
“I wouldn’t trade any of the jobs I’ve had,” Ms. Tavenner said. “It’s a great career.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award Goes to Two NYU Wagner Scholars
A distinguished pair of NYU Wagner professors have been named as recipients of New York University's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award.
The faculty award recognizes University professors who exemplify the spirit of the late civil rights leader through their scholarship, research, and teaching by making a positive contribution to their students in the classroom and to the greater NYU community.
Professors Prasad and Royster and three other honorees were recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award Reception on February 8 in Pless Hall Lounge. Prasad's research focuses on political learning within immigrant communities across the United States. Royster is the author of "Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men From Blue-Collar Jobs" (2003).
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Help for Nonprofits at NYU Wagner Event
Speaking before about 300 public service leaders at New York University's Kimmel Center, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on April 6, 2009, announced a series of new initiatives to help more than 40,000 nonprofit cultural, health and social service organizations in New York City weather the economic downturn. The event was sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, with welcoming words offered by NYU President John Sexton, and with the Mayor introduced and the economic challenges confronting the nonprofit sector framed in opening remarks delivered by NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall.
"Almost half a million New Yorkers who make up our nonprofit workforce contribute profoundly to the heartbeat of our city by helping residents across the five boroughs -- particularly during these trying times," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Whether by training people for jobs, providing access to arts and culture, or building affordable housing, the nonprofit sector is a vital part of the City and our economy. As nonprofits face increasing challenges due to the economic downturn, it's critical that the City take concrete steps to strengthen the sector and help it thrive."
The mayor's initiatives are aimed at helping nonprofit organizations reduce fixed costs through group-purchasing of goods, energy savings, and other strategies, improving the city's contracting procedures, increasing bridge loans, and providing dedicated assistance through nyc.gov - where the initiatives are spelled out in detail -- and the 311 city information hotline.
Dean Schall said, "Mayor Bloomberg has shown unprecedented acknowledgement and support of the vital role that the nonprofit sector plays in New York City. As the dean of the NYU Graduate School of Public Service, I applaud the Mayor for focusing needed attention on the critical needs of nonprofits, which have been particularly hard hit by current economic conditions. Streamlining the process for nonprofits to contract with the city strengthens the bottom line. Just as important is the Mayor's call for increased collaboration and partnership. NYU Wagner, through its faculty, students , and alumni, is proud to partner with the city in its efforts to maximize the positive impact of the city's nonprofit sector."