Daniel E Dawes, JD
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Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., an attorney, professor, and author, is the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and cofounder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a nationwide network of over 2000 governmental and non-governmental leaders and scholars focused on bolstering leadership and the exchange of research, information, and solutions relative to the advancement of evidence-based health equity-focused policies and programs. He holds faculty appointments at Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, and Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Dawes’s research focuses on health among under-resourced, vulnerable, and marginalized communities. He brings a forward-thinking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach to the law and public policy, and has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the United States.

Among his many achievements, he was an instrumental figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). A published expert on health reform, health equity, health disparities, mental/behavioral health, and the social determinants of health, Dawes is the author of the groundbreaking book, 150 Years of ObamacCare, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which has received critical acclaim and endorsements from a bipartisan group of national leaders.

Dawes is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on improving health outcomes and elevating health equity in the United States and around the world, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal Advisory Committee on Health Disparities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action National Advisory Committee, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health National Advisory Council, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation Board of Directors, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Board of Directors, the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Mental Health Advisory Group, and the Children’s Mental Health Network National Advisory Council.

He is the recipient of several national awards and recognition, including the American Public Health Association’s Medical Care Section Award for Significant Contribution to Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Equity Champion Award, the National Medical Association’s Louis Stokes Health Policy Award, the American Psychological Association’s Exceptional Leadership in Advocacy Award, Families USA Health Equity Advocate Award, NMQF Minority Health Leader Award, the CBC Leadership in Advocacy Award, Gift of Life Healthcare Vanguard Award, and the SHIRE Health Reform Champion Award. Dawes received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska.