The Hubert H. Humphrey Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor notable public service by a political scientist.
Drew Altman is President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (known as KFF). He is an innovator in the world of foundations and non-profits and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues. Dr. Altman earned his Ph.D. in political science at MIT and completed his post-doctoral work at Harvard University before moving on to public service. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Citation from the Award Committee:
The committee is pleased to award this year’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award to political scientist Drew Altman. Dr. Altman joined the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in the late 1990s, and helped build it into one of the nation’s most trusted sources of information on health policy. In his current role as President and CEO of KFF, and founding publisher of KFF Kaiser Health News, he oversees the Foundation’s work providing independent research, communications, and journalism to improve public health and community well-being. During his tenure at the organization, KFF has played a crucial role in encouraging evidence-based approaches to public health and community well-being.
Throughout his highly distinguished career, Dr. Altman has made numerous and extraordinary contributions to public service. Dr. Altman previously served as Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Director of Health and Human Services at Pew Charitable Trusts, Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served in a senior role with President Carter’s Health Care Financing Administration. Dr. Altman earned his PhD in Political Science from M.I.T and completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.
APSA thanks the committee members for their service: Dr. Amy E. Lerman (chair) of UC Berkeley, Michael A. Bailey of Georgetown University, Dr. Erica Chenoweth of Harvard University, Dr. Daniel Galvin of Northwestern University, and Professor Deborah Stone of Brandeis University.