President Jim Yong Kim Calls for White House Focus on Health Reform

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim called on President Obama to “tackle cost and quality” issues in health care in a July 14 lecture in the "Leading Voices in Politics and Policy" series.

Kim, an anthropologist and public health physician who has worked for more than two decades to provide medical treatment to underserved populations worldwide, diagnosed the underlying issues at play in the current health-care debate and proposed reforms, including calling on Obama to pay a more active role.

Kim said the president should undertake a program that makes innovation in health care a priority in the way presidents John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush did with the space program and worldwide HIV/AIDS relief, respectively. In the lecture, Kim also discussed the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care research and the new Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science.