Dr. Britt, Henry Ford Professor & Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman, Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Recognized as One of the Nation’s Leading Doctors, and the first African-American to Hold an Endowed Chair in Surgery
Washington, D.C. – One of the nation’s top physicians and nationally honored professors in medicine is joining the National Health Law Program’s Board of Directors, bringing passion for health care, patients, and students, and deep understanding of the array of challenges facing our country’s health care system.
Dr. Britt, the Brickhouse Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, said he was excited to join the National Health Law Program because of its mission to defend access to health care for low-income individuals, families, and underserved communities, and to expand those rights and overcome decades of health care inequities.
“Our country has much work to do to overcome health disparities,” Dr. Britt said. “The National Health Law Program is taking on the challenge, defending health rights of our most vulnerable and working to make it possible for everyone in the country to be healthy. I am delighted to support this work.”
National Health Law Program Executive Director Elizabeth G. Taylor, and Board chair, Rob Weiner, said they and the rest of the Board of Directors are honored to have Dr. Britt give time, expertise and leadership to the organization’s nearly 50-year-old fight to secure health care rights for the most vulnerable among us, for the historically underserved individuals and communities.
“We could not be more grateful to Dr. Britt for joining our outstanding Board of Directors,” Taylor said. “Dr. Britt, like all of our Board members, is nationally influential (and really busy). It says much of Dr. Britt’s passion for our country, its people and our health care system that he is joining our board. We are fighting to defend landmark health care laws and civil rights protections and to advance our vision: that everyone will have an equal chance to be healthy. To accomplish that goal, we must overcome deeply seated racial and health inequities. Dr. Britt will be a valuable partner as we pursue this vision.”
Board Chair Robert N. Weiner, partner at Arnold & Porter said, “Dr. Britt will bring exciting insight to our Board and we are looking forward to working with him. With the arrival of 2019 and our 50th anniversary, the National Health Law Program is plotting an aggressive and strategic battle plan to counter the ongoing attacks on health care programs and laws, and to advance health care rights for low-income individuals, families, and underserved communities from coast to coast.”
National Health Law Program, founded in 1969, advocates for the rights of low-income and underserved people to access quality health care.