Senator Kennedy's legacy to U.S. health and health care.
Edward M. Kennedy, the long-serving senior senator from Massachusetts who died on August 25, 2009, had a major impact on Americans who deliver or receive health care services and left a vast legacy to our health care system. Kennedy arrived in Congress in 1963 with a dedication to fairness, justice, and equal opportunity and a deep well of personal commitment and energy. He brought his values to bear on the policy areas of his Senate committee assignments, one of which was Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The result was an unswerving devotion to universal access to health care, enhanced education for health professionals, biomedical research and research ethics, and public health.
Recommended CitationSarfaty, Mona, "Senator Kennedy's legacy to U.S. health and health care." (2009). Department of Family & Community Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 20.