Speak Up for Better Health Award Judges

Bob Crittenden, MD, MPH

Bob Crittenden, MD, MPH, is the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee. He is a Family Physician having practiced for 38 years with underserved populations in central Seattle. He staffed the Commission that developed the Basic Health Plan, was a legislative Fellow with Senator George Mitchell of Maine, was Special Assistant for Health for Governor Booth Gardner, and founded and led the Herndon Alliance for eight years. He also founded and directed a clinic in Rainier Beach that is now a Community Health Center. He founded and directed the Family Medicine Service at Harborview Medical Center. He has been a USPHS, RWJF and Soros Fellow at different times. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Health Services at the University of Washington.

His current work focuses on coordinating Washington State’s efforts in expanding access to affordable care and health system improvements including improved purchasing, mental health integration and community integration.


Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to advance health equity among under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities. An attorney, scholar and health policy expert, Dawes 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”).

During the Obama administration’s health reform negotiations, Dawes founded and chaired the largest advocacy group focused on developing comprehensive legislation to reform the health care system and address the disparities in health care and health status among vulnerable groups in the United States. This advocacy group of more than 300 national organizations and coalitions, the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, worked closely with the White House and Congress to ensure the inclusion of 62 provisions aimed at eliminating health disparities and advance health equity in the landmark health reform law, the Affordable Care Act - making it the most comprehensive and inclusive health law ever produced by the U.S. Congress.

Highly respected for his ability to achieve sound policy changes in a nonpartisan manner, Dawes lectures on health law, policy and management , serves as an advisor to international, national, regional, state, and municipal policymakers as well as think tanks, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.  In addition, he is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a nationwide nonpartisan network of over 1500 governmental and non-governmental leaders and scholars focused on bolstering leadership and the exchange of research, ideas and information relative to the advancement of evidence-based health equity-related legislation, regulations, policies, and programs.

Dawes is the executive director of health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine and serves as Senior Advisor to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. A published expert on health reform and health equity, Dawes is the author of the groundbreaking book, 150 Years of Obamacare, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which has received critical acclaim and endorsements from a bipartisan group of national leaders. He is currently the editor of the Johns Hopkins University Press special multi-disciplinary book series, Health Equity in America, and the author of a forthcoming book, The History of Health Equity in America, which will also be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dawes has served as an Attorney & Manager of Federal Affairs and Grassroots Network for Premier, Inc., and Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to working for the APA, he worked on the United States 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. Prior to his work with the Senate HELP Committee, Dawes received the prestigious Louis Stokes Health Policy Fellowship and worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust under the leadership of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen, M.D. on legislative efforts related to health system transformation, health disparities, disability, and emergency preparedness/bioterrorism.

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, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee, Association of American Medical Colleges Health Equity Advisory Board, the National League of Cities National Advisory Board, the National Urban League’s Advisory Panel, The White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy Committee, the Better Medicare Alliance’s Council of Scholars, the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved National Advisory Board, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health National Advisory Council, Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation Board of Directors, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Board of Directors, 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 American Psychological Association’s Exceptional Leadership in Advocacy Award, Families USA Health Equity Advocate Award, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nova Southeastern University, NMQF Minority Health Leader Award, the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award, the University of Nebraska Master Alumni Award, Gift of Life Healthcare Vanguard Award, and the SHIRE Health Reform Champion Award. In addition, he was the 2017 Saint Louis University Distinguished Lecturer, 2016 Harvard University HEAL Lecturer, the 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series Lecturer at Nova Southeastern University, the 2013 Distinguished Bowman Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and the 2012 Distinguished Bellos Lecturer at Yale University. Daniel holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska.

Jane Hash

Jane Hash, a Certified Natural Health Professional, is known for being an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities and other underserved populations.

Hash maintains ongoing relationships with Community Catalyst, Ombudsman, UHCAN Ohio, The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, and other advocacy organizations that allow her to utilize and develop her advocacy skills.

Though Hash now resides in Michigan, she remains so deeply invested in her home state of Ohio that she was recently elected to UHCAN Ohio’s Board of Trustees.

Also, Hash is a co-founding Director and spokes model of the nonprofit organization Classy Little Fashions Foundation. In this role Hash has served as a judge for the Miss Wheelchair USA Pageant and given body positivity presentations in conjunction with the (dis)ABLED Beauty exhibition in both Ohio and Michigan.

Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

Dr. Linda Rae Murray has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. Dr. Murray served as Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. Dr. Murray has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health (a large Catholic Health system). She serves on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health (NACOSH).

In 1997, Dr. Murray returned to the Cook County Health System where she served as Chief Medical Officer -Primary Care for the twenty-three primary care and community health centers comprising the Ambulatory & Community Health Network of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. The Cook County Bureau of Health is one of the nation’s largest public system of medical care and operates three hospitals, the public health department for suburban Cook County, health services a County Jail and the network of health centers (ACHN) operated by the County. Today she serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health & Hospital System, the state certified public health agency for suburban Cook County. She practices as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center, is an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (Occupational & Environmental Health and the Health Policy & Administration Departments). She plays a leadership role in many organizations including NACCHO’s (National Association of City & County Health Officers) Health Equity & Social Justice Team, the national executive board of American Public Health Association and serves on the board of the Chicago based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals and serves as the co-chair for the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.

In November 2010, Dr. Murray became President of the American Public Health Association. She has been a voice for social justice and health care as a basic human right for over forty years.

Rani Snyder

Rani Snyder is Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy with the vision of a nation where all older adults receive high-value, evidence-based health care, are treated with respect and dignity, and have their goals and preferences honored. With more than 20 years of experience in working with pre-eminent health care institutions across the nation, Rani has demonstrated experience in identifying and guiding health care programs that have set the standard for medical best practices, increased medical education opportunities, and maximizing resources to improve health care broadly.

Prior to joining The John A. Hartford Foundation, Rani served with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for 14 years, starting as a program officer with a promotion to director for the Foundation’s Health Care Programs. In that capacity, she managed more than $278 million in Health Care Grants to major medical facilities throughout the country, focusing on Aging and Quality of Life Programs as well as the Foundation’s $159 million investment in its Cardiovascular Clinical Research Program. During her tenure, Rani worked alongside the country’s most forward-thinking educators and pioneering health care providers to create educational and clinical programs that have significantly advanced how patient care is delivered. These include collaborative and groundbreaking programming at prestigious medical institutions such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School, and UCLA’s academic health centers.

Currently, Rani serves as a board member for Grantmakers in Aging, a membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging, and on the board of managers for the Delmonico Plaza, a business high rise condominium complex at 55 East 59th Street in New York City. Previously she served as a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division from 2014-2016. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Health Care Policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, followed by a doctoral program in Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Public Health. She began her professional career with The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health Care Cost and Quality (HCCQ) program before transitioning to supporting health policy initiatives at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.

Rani’s career has been directed toward creating opportunities to improve the health of older adults through increased access to quality health care, enhanced health care delivery, improved medical education, collaborative partnerships, and expanded nursing and caregiver training. She brings that experience to The John A. Hartford Foundation to coordinate initiatives that will foster collaboration among academic institutions, health systems and medical providers to improve health care for all older adults.