Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, clinical professor of global h ealth with the New York University College of Global Public Health, was honored as The New York Academy of Medicine’s 2018 recipient of the Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service to the Academy and as a 30-Year Fellow! Dr. Boufford, immediate past president of the Academy, was honored for her decade of visionary leadership of the Academy, which included the establishment of the award-winning Age-friendly NYC initiative and the development of the Academy’s engagement with the East Harlem community.
With extensive experience in medicine, international affairs, health policy, and public administration, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford is an expert in urban health, healthy aging, disease prevention, and health promotion and health disparities.
Since college, Dr. Boufford has integrated activism and social justice in her education and practice by advocating for patient-driven care and more engagement with the community and the underserved. In 1985, she became the first woman to be elected President of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States. She then entered federal government, serving as principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. With the Gates Foundation and with a focus on Africa, she developed a new global health leadership initiative through teacher trainings.
Dr. Boufford is a member and has also served in the leadership of numerous public health, national education, and medical organizations, including: the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council, the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions, the Village Center for Care, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Council and Chair of its Public Health Committee, the Regional Plan Association, the Health Effects Institute, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the New York Academy of Medicine, the National Council on Graduate Medical Education, the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Commonwealth Fund.
At NYU, Dr. Boufford has been a professor of public administration and dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as a clinical professor of pediatrics at NYU Medical School.