Prominent Health Policy Veteran Also To Help Lead Search For New Editor-in-Chief

Millwood, VA, April 12, 2013

Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy thought and research, announced today that founding editor John Iglehart will return to lead the publication. Mr. Iglehart, a highly respected editorial executive who led Health Affairs for its first 25 years until retiring in 2007, also will help lead a nationwide search for a Vice President and Editor-in-Chief for the journal. He will be supported during this time by Executive Editor Donald Metz and Executive Publisher Jane Hiebert-White, who will continue in their current roles at Health Affairs.  Mr. Iglehart recruited the two executives and worked with them at the journal for more than 20 years.  

Susan Dentzer, who had been Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, is leaving to pursue a new opportunity.  

“We are excited to welcome John Iglehart back to Health Affairs, which has long been a cornerstone of Project HOPE’s work to provide lasting solutions to global health problems,” said Dr. John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE.  “John is well known by the leading scholars, practitioners and policy makers in health care.  We look forward to this new chapter in his legendary stewardship of Health Affairs, continuing and building further on its stature as the preeminent journal of health policy thought and research.”  

Dr. Howe continued, “We thank Susan Dentzer for her contributions and wish her well in her new endeavor.” 

The April issue of Health Affairs was published Monday, April 8, 2013, on the theme of “The ‘Triple Aim’ Goes Global.” It features articles on how high-income countries around the globe are struggling to pursue the “triple aim” of better health, better care, and lower cost.  

About John Iglehart

John Iglehart has been one of the most prominent figures in the world of health policymaking for the past quarter century. He was founding editor of Health Affairs when the journal was established in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE. During this period, Mr. Iglehart also served as a national correspondent of The New England Journal of Medicine, for which he has written more than 100 essays called “Health Policy Reports.”  Prior to 1981, Mr. Iglehart served for two years as a vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and director of its Washington, D.C. office. From 1969 to 1979, he held a variety of editorial positions, including the editorship of National Journal, a privately published weekly on federal policymaking. Mr. Iglehart was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1977 and served on its Governing Council for six years (1985-1991). 

About Health Affairs

Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research.   The Washington Post has described it as “the bible of health policy.” The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a non-profit international health education organization.  Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres. The journal reaches a broad audience that includes: government and health industry leaders; health care advocates; scholars of health, health care and health policy; and others concerned with health and health care issues in the United States and worldwide. Its mission is to serve as a high-level, nonpartisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and health care, and to address such issues as cost, quality, and access. Visit

About Project HOPE

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Visit

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