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Award for Health Care Efforts


WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2013) – Today, the American Medical Assocation (AMA) announced Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown as the recipient of the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service by a Statewide Elected Official in recognition of his leadership in improving the health of Maryland’s citizens. Honorees were formally recognized last night at the 24th Annual Nathan Davis Awards Banquet held in conjunction with AMA’s three day National Advocacy Conference in Washington. Lt. Governor Brown and Maryland’s Second Lady Karmen Walker-Brown were in attendance.
“I am honored to accept this distinguished recognition on behalf of the entire O’Malley-Brown Administration and our community partners working every day to make Maryland the healthiest state in the nation,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “I am committed to expanding access, reducing costs, and improving the quality of health care for all Marylanders because we understand health care isn’t just about curing disease. It’s about creating conditions where Marylanders can live healthier lives, where they can be more productive, where they can take advantage of all the opportunities we have in our great State. While we have made progress, we won’t be satisfied until every Marylander has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.”
Recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious honors extended to elected officials and career government employees for outstanding endeavors that advance public health, the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards
 < presented to leaders in seven categories whose outstanding work has led to advancements in the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.  Through these Awards, named for the Association’s founder, AMA strives to encourage and stimulate public recognition for the significant accomplishments attained by men and women who are giving of themselves to advance the well-being of all.
“The Dr. Nathan Davis Awards provide the AMA an opportunity to recognize public officials who help to bring public health and medicine to the next level,” said AMA Board Chair Steven J. Stack, M.D. “Lt. Governor Brown has played a key role in expanding health coverage for over 365,000 Marylanders – half of whom are children. He is also a colonel with in the U.S. Army Reserves and has developed programs in Maryland to support veterans suffering from trauma and related mental health issues.”
Lt. Governor Brown was nominated by Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, with supporting recommendations from the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Dr. E. Albert Reece; Maryland Health Care for All President Vincent DeMarco; Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity Dr. Stephen Thomas; and the Chief Executive Officer of Maryland’s Medical Society, MedChi, Gene Ransom, III.
"I congratulate Lt. Governor Brown for this national recognition of his inspiring leadership of health initiatives in Maryland," said Dr. Sharfstein. "He deserves this award for his vision, commitment, and support to expand access to care, control costs, and end unacceptable health disparities."

MedChi President Dr. Brian H. Avin said, “Maryland physicians salute Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for his leadership and execution of programs that will expand access to heath care in our State. Treating and preventing the illnesses that lead to chronic disease will improve the health of Marylanders and will decrease heath care expenditures.”
During his six years in office, Lt. Governor Brown has spearheaded the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Since 2007, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to more than 365,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, established Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange, and put the State in position to maximize the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the 2012 Legislative Session, Lt. Governor Brown designed and led passage of legislation to create the innovative Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) pilot program to eliminate disparities in health outcomes among Maryland’s racial groups and geographic areas. He also developed the Maryland Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative to support returning veterans suffering from trauma and related mental health conditions, and their families. Through this program, Maryland connects servicemembers and their families not only to mental health treatment, but also to housing, job training and other vital supports.
The mission of the American Medical Association
 < to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Since 1847, the AMA has promoted scientific advancement, improved public health, and invested in the doctor and patient relationship. The AMA adopted the first code of medical ethics and established the first nationwide standards for preliminary medical education and the degree of MD.  The Association’s three day National Advocacy Conference (NAC) which helps empower AMA members to advocate for patients, the medical profession and the future of health care. At the conference they hear from political insiders, industry experts and members of Congress on current efforts being made in health system reform refinement and implementation, and take part in discussions that will help shape the future of the AMA's advocacy efforts.