Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009

Trust for America’s Health Hires Karen Hendricks as New Director of Policy Development

Washington, DC- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) today announced its new Director of Policy Development, Karen M. Hendricks, JD.  Hendricks will be responsible for developing major policy initiatives for TFAH, including policy considerations for public health as part of a reformed health care system.

"We are excited to have a seasoned professional and public health expert like Karen join our team, especially at such a crucial time for health policy in our country," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH.  "Karen is a nationally renowned public health advocate, with a special dedication to children and families. Her reputation for garnering results will strengthen our work to make disease prevention a higher priority, and make America a healthier nation."

For more than 17 years, Hendricks was an Assistant Director in the Department of Federal Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to those activities, she was responsible for the legislative activities for five pediatric academic research and adolescent medicine societies (Academic Pediatric Association, American Pediatric Society; Society for Pediatric Research, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine). In May 2008, Hendricks was the recipient of the Thomas A. Hazinski Distinguished Service Award by the Society for Pediatric Research. 

Hendricks recently retired from the board of directors for the Coalition for Health Funding in which she served in several capacities including secretary, vice president and president. From the early 1990's until May 2009 she served on the Steering Committee for the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, the Friends of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Friends of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and participated in and held leadership roles in a number of other child and health care advocacy coalitions and collaborations in Washington, D.C.

In the greater Washington metropolitan community, Hendricks has served as chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (1998 -1999). During her tenure she was responsible for the hiring of a new CEO/President of the affiliate. She also served on the North Atlantic/Eastern Region Nominating Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Hendricks is a past President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the National Capital Area. During her tenure as president (1991 - 1993) Hendricks was responsible for overseeing the renovations and re-opening of the YWCA/NCA facility, the streamlining and more effective management of the board of directors, including revising the by-laws and the hiring of a new President/CEO. She is the recipient of the YWCA/NCA's Josephine H. Kyles Award (1993), the Leadership Award (1995) and the President's Award (1995).

From 2000 - 2003 Hendricks served, as the president of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College and in that role was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the College. In her capacity as president, she was responsible for the hiring of the new Executive Director of the Alumnae Association and for forging a ten-year partnership between the college and the Alumnae Association. Hendricks received the Alumnae Medal of Honor in 2003 and the Alumnae Association's Mary Lyon Distinguished Alumnae Award in 1990.

Hendricks is currently a member of the national board of directors of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund. The Hole in the Wall is a camp founded in 1984 by Paul Newman for children with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions. She served as chair of its Governance Task Force.  Hendricks is a founding member of the board of directors of the national Nurse - Family Partnership, a home visitation program and serves on it's public policy committee and completed a three-year term in 2008 as a member of the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) an organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and advancing the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research.

Hendricks holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College.


Elle Hogan
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