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John Hurley, MHA, Minnesota Department of Health, Selected as the 2010 MN-AAP Child Advocacy Award Recipient

John Hurley graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree and masters degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration and completed executive education at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Health Care Policy.

He is a leader who has been visionary in seeing the big picture of system improvement for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). He is a trusted and respected advocate for children with special health care needs and their families.

In 2000, as the Manager of the Minnesota Children with Special Heath Care Needs Section at the Department of Health, John led a Minnesota delegation of pediatricians and a parent advocate to the first American Academy of Pediatrics and Maternal Child Heath Bureau sponsored medical home event.  As a result of that conference, John made a promise, as part of the meeting follow-up, to the citizens of the State of Minnesota:

"By the year 2010, each child with a special health need will receive seamless health care within a medical home with the medical home concept established as a standard of practice."

John has effectively led the implementation of medical home efforts in Minnesota during the last decade. John saw the value of the partnership between families and pediatricians and how that partnership could lead to system improvement.  Minnesota legislation from 2008 and 2009 further expanded the concept of medical home to health care home as a component of health reform. While many more people inside and outside state government are now charged with implementing medical home/health care home/health home throughout the state, we recognize John Hurley’s pioneering efforts in Minnesota…as our 2010 Child Health Advocacy award winner.


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