2012 Webinar Series
Health Reform: A Bridge to Health Equity
Presented: May 23, 2012
Daniel E. Dawes, Esq. is an attorney and the Executive Director of government relations, health policy, and external affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine. During health reform negotiations, he founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform - a group comprising over 300 national organizations and coalitions - to advocate and ensure that health reform legislation included health equity provisions to reduce disparities in health status and health care among vulnerable populations. In recognition of his efforts, Daniel was one of thirteen experts invited to serve on the newly established Health Equity Leadership Commission to provide guidance to Members of Congress, the Obama Administration, and officials at the Department of Health and Human Services on implementing health reform. He is a frequent speaker and author of several publications on health reform and health equity.
Daniel has held positions including Attorney & Manager of Federal Affairs and Grassroots Network for the Premier Healthcare Alliance as well as Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to working for the APA, Daniel worked on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee under the leadership of Senator Edward M. Kennedy where he advised the Senator and members of the committee on an array of issues related to health care, public health, employment, education, and disability law and policy. During his tenure on the Senate HELP Committee Daniel was also a key figure in drafting provisions in several healthcare-related bills, which were enacted into law during the Bush Administration, including the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Prior to his work with the Senate HELP Committee, Daniel worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust (CBC HB) under the leadership of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen where he worked on legislative efforts related to health disparities, disability, and emergency preparedness/bioterrorism. Daniel is highly respected for his capacity to achieve sound policy changes in a nonpartisan manner. He serves on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on health equity and is the recipient of several national awards, including the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Leadership in Advocacy Award, the Congressional Staff Leadership Award, the Nebraska Alumni Association Early Achiever Award, the American Psychological Association Exceptional Leadership in Advocacy Award, and the SHIRE Health Reform Champion Award. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Louis Stokes Health Policy Fellowship. Daniel holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska - College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in business administration and psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He is married to the beautiful Nedeeka Dawes, D.D.S.