JToday, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, as its new Director of Public Policy. Turnipseed brings over 20 years of experience in health care policy and joined the AAMC of the American Medical Association’s Federal Affairs Division, where she advocated critical issues impacting physicians and the nation’s health care system with key government agencies. She will join the AAMC on November 1st.
In his new role, Turnipseed will lead AAMC’s advocacy and public policy efforts and work to advance legislative and regulatory priorities related to medical education, health care delivery, medical research and community collaborations. She succeeds Karen Fisher, JD, who retired earlier this year after a distinguished career in health policy and advocacy and nearly 20 years of service to the AAMC.
“Danielle has exceptional experience in health care policy and advocacy, and her exceptional qualifications have made her a standout among a strong and diverse roster of candidates,” said David J. Skorton, MD, President and CEO of the AAMC. “I am delighted to welcome her to the AAMC as she brings her expertise to this important role in advancing public policy efforts that support the missions of medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide.”
A former health policy advisor to two U.S. Senators, Danielle is a thought leader on important health topics including value-based care, population health, supplemental benefits and digital solutions. She previously worked for U.S. Medicare, where she managed a multi-million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention targeting diabetes prevention, and she also worked for the National Academy of Medicine as a program officer. Danielle’s engagement with health stakeholders and coalitions has included the US Preventive Services Task Force, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She has worked on health policy and prevention efforts with a focus on health disparities, social determinants of health, chronic disease, women’s issues and federal programs. In her roles, Danielle provided industry analysis and insights to key stakeholders and was instrumental in shaping state Medicaid policies for preventive services.
“The reach of the academic medical community in improving the health of people around the world is nothing short of impressive, and I am beyond excited and ready to work with AAMC constituents and the relations team. to advance our priorities and achieve political progress,” said Turnipseed.
Turnipseed received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, her law degree from the University of Maryland, and her dual degree in public policy and public health from the University of Michigan. A member of several nonprofit boards, she resides in Montgomery County, Maryland.