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America's Health Rankings, 2014 Senior Edition, released May 21, 2014
Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as the Chairperson of its Quality Chasm Summit Committee and a member on their Committee on the Consequences of the Uninsured. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. Additionally, he recently served as a Commissioner, Certification Commission on Health Information Technology (CCHIT); is currently a member of the Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community (AHIC). Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet-level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children's health, violence and radiation testing.
Rhonda L. Randall, D.O., is the chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Randall is responsible for clinical strategy for the business, and she oversees and ensures effective execution of clinical programs and operations, Medicare payment management, and physician engagement. She also coordinates the business’ clinical initiatives with those of UnitedHealth Group’s other businesses. Dr. Randall is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and is board certified in family practice as well as hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and was recently honored as one of the college’s Alumni of Distinction. She earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship, family practice residency and geriatrics fellowship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she served as chief intern and chief resident.
Russell A. Bennett is Vice President of Latino Health Solutions at UnitedHealthcare (UHC) in Cypress, California. He is leading efforts to enhance the company’s resources to serve and grow the Hispanic/Latino membership. UnitedHealthcare now serves over 2.2 million Hispanic members with employer-sponsored plans.
Bennett lived in Mexico for 30 years, and is fully bilingual and bicultural. He served as the founding executive director of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, U.S. Section. Prior to that, he was the director of international and multicultural services for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, the largest nonprofit health care provider along the U.S. Mexico border.
Bennett has supported health improvement for many years, with special emphasis on the Latino and Asian communities. He created and produced the popular health education program on television titled ¡Salud para Usted! (Health for You!) to provide community members clear information (both in Spanish and English) on illness prevention, health promotion and access issues.
In 2007 Bennett received the “Border Health Leadership Award” from the International Community Foundation, recognizing lifetime achievement in supporting health improvement among Latinos and the border community at large. In 2008, Bennett’s Latino Health Solutions team received an award from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) for their innovative Bilingual Customer Service and Member Access. Bennett created PlanBienSM, a market leading portfolio of health insurance products focused on the needs of Hispanic members. PlanBien now offers over 600 health care coverage plans to Spanish-preference members and their employers in eight states. Bennett and his Latino Health Solutions team have also developed a unique, bilingual Health Education Kiosk to provide health information to people who do not otherwise have access to the internet. In 2012, Latino Health Solutions was recognized by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) for UnitedHealthcare’s cultural competency partnership with Pitney Bowes to improve the health literacy of Pitney Bowes’s employees. Also in 2012, Bennett received the “Leadership in Innovation Award” from the National Hispanic Medical Association - NHMA. Bennett and his team have continued to receive awards and be recognized for their innovative health awareness and education materials and campaigns, including www.uhclatino.com and the recently-released bilingual mobile health information website http://m.uhclatino.com.
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