In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman
Jessie Gruman, president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health, died at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 after a long illness.
The Center has lost a brilliant colleague. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Jessie have lost a dear friend. Jessie was a tireless advocate for patients. For the past ten years, Jessie focused her efforts and the efforts of CFAH on advancing patient engagement as well as helping people find and benefit from good health care. We will deeply miss her powerful and inspiring voice for patients, families and caregivers.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Jessie's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to know and work with her.
M. Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH
Chair, Board of Trustees
Center for Advancing Health
Jessie's family has asked that contributions be made to:
- Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund at the Center for Advancing Health
- Southern Center for Human Rights
- City Harvest
Information regarding a memorial service will be posted when it becomes available.
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Jessie Gruman was founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health, a nonpartisan, Washington-based research institute, from 1992 until her death in 2014. As president Gruman drew on her own experience of treatment for five cancer diagnoses, interviews with patients and caregivers, surveys and peer-reviewed research to describe and advocate for policies and practices to overcome the challenges people face in finding good care and getting the most from it.
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