Acknowledgements

Producing To Improve Health and Health Care, 1998–1999 has been a communal effort, and we would like to acknowledge the contributions of other members of this community.

The idea of the Anthology originated, in part, with Frank Karel, vice president for communications of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The first person we turn to for guidance, he has been a source of creativity, editorial judgment and political wisdom. C. P. Crow, executive editor of the Anthology series, is an editor whose eye for meaning and ear for language improved every chapter. Molly McKaughan also served as a copy editor. Her understanding of the Foundation and her touch as a writer combined to strengthen the book. Margaret Trejo, president of Trejo Productions, is responsible for the clarity of the graphics.

To make sure that the Anthology is as unbiased and objective as possible, we called upon a committee of outside reviewers. Richard Morrill, a senior fellow with MathTech; Patricia Patrizi, a consultant with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education; and Jonathan Showstack, an adjunct professor at the University of California at San Francisco, comprised the outside review committee. They were thoughtful, careful and tough in their review. The final product has benefited from their clear thinking and strong analytical skills.

Within the Foundation, a number of people worked to assure the success of the Anthology. Richard Toth was an ever-reliable source of information on the Foundation's programs and grantmaking.

Deborah Malloy and Sherry Georgianna arranged meetings, set up conference calls, and coordinated the work of the two editors. Linda Potts handled contractual matters between the Foundation and the Center for Health and Social Policy with aplomb and efficiency. Jeanne Weber and Hope Woodhead developed mailing lists and served as liaison with Jossey-Bass on distribution matters.

At Jossey-Bass, Andy Pasternack, editor of the health series, brought vision and order to this unique collaborative venture between a publisher and a foundation.

Finally, we owe special gratitude to Barbara Stearns, the research and editorial assistant for the Anthology. Her dedication and good sense improved the book in more ways than it is possible to recount. From strengthening language of the text and catching errors the rest of us had missed to coordinating with authors and overseeing the entire production of the book, she handled her assignments with tact, humor, and a high degree of professionalism.