Nonprofit and Nursing Leaders Elected to UHF Board

Jennifer L. Howse (left) and Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx
United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced today that Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, and Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been elected to its board of directors.

Dr. Howse is a nationally known expert in maternal and child health and philanthropy, and served as president of the March of Dimes Foundation for over two decades, leading successful public health and advocacy campaigns in birth defects prevention, national expansion of newborn screening, and the launch of the national Prematurity Prevention Campaign. She also served as Pennsylvania's commissioner for mental retardation and as executive director of the federal court-appointed Willowbrook Review Panel in New York City, championing community-based services and human rights policies for the developmentally disabled.

Dr. Howse served on the boards of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the National Health Council. She holds a doctorate from Florida State University.

Dr. Sullivan-Marx is dean of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing, and professor emerita of scholarly practice, clinician-educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is known for her research and innovative approaches in primary care and testing payment methods—particularly through Medicaid and Medicare—for nurses, sustaining models of care using advanced practice nurses, and for developing health policy in community-based settings.

Dr. Sullivan-Marx is co-chair of the New York City Mayor's Summit on Mental Health Workgroup to enhance existing mental health training programs, and was formerly an American Political Science Congressional Fellow and senior advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Medicaid and Medicare Coordination. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontology Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

“Drs. Howse and Sullivan-Marx bring extensive experience in health policy and practice to our board,” said UHF President Jim Tallon. “We welcome the valuable insights and guidance they will add to our already strong leadership group.”

About United Hospital Fund

United Hospital Fund works to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker. An independent, nonprofit organization, we analyze public policy to inform decision-makers, find common ground among diverse stakeholders, and develop and support innovative programs that improve the quality, accessibility, affordability, and experience of patient care. For more on our initiatives and programs please visit our website at and follow us on Twitter.

About the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master's Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development.

July 27, 2017