To Improve Health and Health Care, 2000 has been a collaborative effort and we would like to acknowledge the contribution of those whose efforts have transformed it from an idea to a book. First, we owe a debt of gratitude to Frank Karel, vice president for communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His sound judgment, intellectual toughness and wisdom were invaluable in producing this volume, as they were in producing the two previous volumes. C.P. Crow, the executive editor of the Anthology series, did his usual masterly job of strengthening the quality of the writing and the clarity of the ideas. Molly McKaughan, special program officer at the Foundation, reviewed every manuscript; her knowledge of the Foundation's grantmaking and programs and her editorial instincts greatly improved the Anthology. Linda Potts, administrative coordinator in communications at the Foundation, handled administrative tasks with impeccable efficiency and, beyond that, was a great source of support. Administrative assistants Deborah Malloy and Sherry Georgianna played key roles in coordinating the work of the two editors. Hinda Greenberg, the director of the Foundation's Information Center, proved to be nothing short of a magician in finding needed documents, references and other information. Joseph Wechselberger, financial analyst at the Foundation, handled financial matters with great skill.
This year, as in the past two years, the outside review committee—William Morrill, a senior fellow with MathTech, Patricia Patrizi, a consultant with Patrizi-McMullan Consulting, Wyncote, Pa., and Jonathan Showstack, an adjunct professor at the University of California at San Francisco—proved to be critical to the quality of the Anthology. The wholly professional way in which they carried out their responsibilities is a model of how such committees should function.
Julia Lear, director of the Making the Grade Program, David Nolan, director of the Coming Home Program, and Judy Whang, senior program officer at the Foundation, reviewed individual chapters for accuracy and we would like to acknowledge their work. We wish, as well, to thank Harold Ambler for entering material into manuscript form and Chris Chang for fact checking. At Jossey-Bass, Andy Pasternack, the health series editor, provided overall guidance, and Gigi Mark and Katie Crouch worked on all aspects of the Anthology's production.
Finally, we would like to give special thanks to John Rodgers, editorial assistant for the Anthology. John joined the Center for Health and Social Policy in early 1999 and quickly showed himself to be knowledgeable in the subject matter, skilled as a researcher, and adept at coordinating the various elements needed to pull a book like this together. Also at the Center for Health and Social Policy, John Weaver handled the financial management adroitly and with good humor.