Bonnie Lefkowitz, M.P.A.

Bonnie Lefkowitz is a writer and health policy consultant focusing on health disparities, care for underserved populations and the social determinants of health. During 24 years as a federal official, Lefkowitz specialized in health care for underserved and racial minority populations and spearheaded efforts to address the need for such services in national health insurance and health care reform proposals under Presidents Carter and Clinton. She held leadership positions at the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care in the Health Resources and Services Administration. Previously she worked with the New York City Department of Health and as a medical reporter for Newsweek magazine. She holds a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is the author of several books, book chapters and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interests & Projects

Lefkowitz’ most recent book, Community Health Centers: A Movement and the People Who Made It Happen, describes the origins of health centers in the civil rights and social justice movements, their unexpected survival and growth to a national network of 1,600 organizations serving nearly 20 million people. The book combines interviews with more than 70 participants in this remarkable history with political analysis and exploration of changes in health and living conditions over time.

For CIPMH, Lefkowitz is especially interested in using her substantive knowledge about the social determinants of health, access to services and insurance coverage to improve health equity for recent immigrants and migrant farmworkers. She also hopes to help CIPMH members forge links to decision makers and frame and translate the results of their research so it can be brought to bear on policy and practice. She has done similar work with the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program and the DiversityData website, which compares conditions by race, ethnicity and income among neighborhoods and metropolitan areas.

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Lefkowitz, B. (2007) Community Health Centers : A Movement and the People Who Made It Happen. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., McArdle, N., Osypuk, T., Lefkowitz, B., and Krimgold, B. (January 2007) Children Left Behind : How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children.

Lefkowitz, B., Proser, M., Wilensky, S., and Zuvekas, A. (October-December 2005) Issue Editors, Community Health Centers’ 40th Anniversary Issue, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 28(4):289-368.

Lefkowitz, B. (October-December 2005) The Health Center Story: Forty Years of Commitment. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 28(4):295-303.

Syme, S.L., Lefkowitz, B., and Krimgold, B.K. (March-April 2002) Incorporating Socioeconomic Factors Into U.S. Health Policy: Addressing the Barriers. Health Affairs 2(21).

Krimgold, B.K., and Lefkowitz, B. (2001) Socioeconomic Status, Inequality and Health: Recent Evidence and Implications for Policy. Journal of Biolaw and Business, Special Supplement on
Global Genomics and Health Disparities

Auerbach, J., Krimgold, B.K., and Lefkowitz, B. (2000) Improving Health: It Doesn’t Take a Revolution. Washington DC: National Policy Association.

Lefkowitz, B. (2000) Why Human Ecology Is Good For Your Health. <>

Lefkowitz, B. (2000) Dollars Count More Than Doctors. <>.

Zuvekas, A., Wells, B.L., and Lefkowitz, B. (May 2000) Mexican American Infant Mortality Rate: Implications for Public Policy. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 11(2).