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Elizabeth Bradley

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Elizabeth Bradley


Years active at Yale: PhD Class of 1996; 1992-2017

Dr. Bradley is being recognized for her teaching, mentoring, and leadership roles. She was Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and founder and faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale. In 2017, she became president of Vassar College.

Dr. Bradley is regarded as being at the forefront of healthcare system strengthening, both domestically and internationally. She is co-author of the The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less, a book that started an international dialogue on the impact of social determinants on the health of a population. She led the Health Management Program at the Yale School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration and coordinated health management teaching efforts in joint programs for business and medical students at Yale University. A leader of global health initiatives at Yale, she spearheaded education and research programs in China, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and South Africa. Her work in these countries contributed to significant changes to advance the overall health and well-being of their populations. In the U.S., she contributed to the improvement of quality of care within hospital settings, the understanding of the relationship between state-level social service spending and health outcomes, and improving the transition from acute to palliative care.