|William D. Hobson, MS|
7th Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health
William D. Hobson, MS, has focused his professional career on the development and improvement of community-based primary health care programs for disadvantaged communities and special population groups. He has pursued these career objectives through the administration of local and federal programs and through numerous volunteer activities. Mr. Hobson has also worked to develop and promote local, state and national policies that improve the accessibility of preventive and primary health care services to the disadvantaged.
Mr. Hobson currently serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The BPHC administers over $.5 billion in federal resources for improving access to high quality, preventive and primary health care services for populations and communities with unmet health care needs and/or shortages of health personnel. BPHC makes project grants directly to communities for supporting comprehensive health care programs in the nation's top priority urban and rural areas. The BPHC also administers the Federal Occupational Health Program for federal employees, the Immigration Health Services Program and the Gillis W. Long Hanson's Disease Center in Louisiana.
Mr. Hobson's work in the BPHC is in direct support of the Community Health Center, Migrant Health Center, Health Care for the Homeless, Public Housing Primary Care and the National Health Service Corps programs that collectively support over 3,000 individual primary care sites in the United States and its Trust Territories serving approximately 10 million people. These programs comprise a significant part of the Nation's health care safety net.
Prior to his appointment as Bureau Deputy Director, Mr. Hobson spent 6-years at the Human Services Policy Center of the University of Washington. During this period, he managed the Child Health Initiative national demonstration project and conducted a national study of the impact of managed health care on Community and Migrant Health Centers for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mr. Hobson recently conducted a study on racial discrimination in health care affecting Seattle's African American population for the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health.
Mr. Hobson served as the Executive Director for Central Seattle Community Health Centers in Seattle, Washington from 1977 to 1994. In this position, Mr. Hobson managed several federal grants supporting health services in the five Community Health Centers that were organizational members. In addition, he developed and administered community hypertension control programs and assisted in pioneering medical interpretation programs for recent immigrants.
Mr. Hobson initially became involved in the community health field as a student volunteer, when he assisted in developing the first Community Health Centers in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. From 1970 to 1975, Mr. Hobson served as a Commissioned Officer on the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service stationed at the Rockville, MD headquarters and at the Seattle Regional Office. He served two one-year terms (1986-1988) as the President of the National Association of Community Health Centers. Mr. Hobson also served as a member of the Washington State Medicaid Advisory Committee. Mr. Hobson was appointed by the Mayor of Seattle to the Seattle Human Rights Commission and was re-appointed by the Seattle City Council for a total of eight years (1978-1993). Since 1993, Mr. Hobson has maintained an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine Department of Health Services. Mr. Hobson received a Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor's Degree in biology from Earlham College.
Mr. Hobson received the Aaron Brown Memorial Service Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers in 1995 for his leadership in community health. He also received the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Health from the Seattle Indian Health Board in 1989.
|Last updated May 04, 2012|