Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

President & CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

Dr. Gary A. Puckrein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum (The Forum). The Forum is dedicated to improving the quality of health care through the creation of evidence-based, data-driven policy and initiatives. The Forum maintains a centralized data warehouse of vital statistics, demographics, environmental information, provider claims, prescription drugs use, clinical laboratory values, health care access points and other data elements. The Forum employs these data resources to build web-based atlases that enable users to measure and forecast health status and disease prevalence in small geographic areas, to evaluate the impact of specific policies and interventions, and to monitor changes in health outcomes. Between 1974 and 1992, Dr. Puckrein taught and lectured at Brown University, Rutgers University, Connecticut College, and Roger Williams College. Dr. Puckrein has received many awards and honors, including being named a visiting scholar and fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Dr. Puckrein was awarded PhD and MA degrees in history from Brown University, and a BA from California State University at Los Angeles.