The Ruby P. Hearn Page

Hearn first joined joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1976 as a program officer; became vice president in 1983, and senior vice president in 1996. "Dr. Hearn has had the major responsibility for oversight and program development of initiatives in maternal, infant and child health, AIDS, substance abuse and minority medical education." Member of the Institute of Medicine; COSEPUP; and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the National Institutes of Health, 1997-2001; former director of the Council of Foundations and the Science Board of the Food and Drug Administration.

Hearn bio / COSEPUP, NAS
Ruby Puryear Hearn bio / National Academies of Science

Children's Television Workshop

Hearn was director of content developmwent for "Feeling Good," a series of 26 hour-long programs which aired on 250 Public Broadcasting Service TV stations in 1974-75. Joan Ganz Cooney, now a director of Johnson & Johnson, was president of the Children's Television Workshop. Advisors and Task Force Members included Lester Breslow; Douglass Cater of the Aspen Institute; Jacob Feldman, then at the Harvard School of Public Health (and numerous others affiliated with HSPH); former Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee; Charles LeMaistre; Bayless Manning, president of the CFR; Robert Manning, editor of the Atlantic Monthly; Gerard Piel, publisher of Scientific American; Julius Richmond; Steven Schroeder, former head of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, then Medical Director of the George Washington University Health Plan; Victor Weingarten, director of the President's Committee on Health Education; and Ernst Wynder of the American Health Foundation.

Feeling Good, circa 1973 / UCSF (pdf, 28 pp)


Hearn was a member of the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) from 1995 to 1997, along with Lasker Foundation director Daniel E. Koshland's wife Marian Koshland. Hearn was still a member as of 2000.

COSEPUP Membership Since 1962 (as of Jan. 1998) / NAS
COSEPUP As of June 30, 2000 / NAS

Aspen Roundtable

The 1995 Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children, with former Surgeon General Julius Richmond.

Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives / Aspen Institute

Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

"Article: Shalala joins NIH advisory panel. ID:ART-19910522.10From May 22, 1991 (Vol. VI, No. 18) Chancellor Donna E. Shalala has been invited by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan to join a 16-member panel that advises the director of the National Institutes of Health. The Advisory Committee to NIH Director Bernadine P. Healy meets twice a year to consider policies and make recommendations concerning program development, resource allocation, NIH administrative regulation and policy and other aspects of NIH policy. The appointment is effective immediately and will run through September, 1994. This advisory panel is 'an important voice at an important time,' observed UW Graduate School Associate Dean Marvin E. Ebel. 'They may consider the overall pattern of NIH funding, as well as questions about the treatment of both direct and indirect costs.' The panel is made up of 11 representatives of academic and private research and five public members. Continuing members of the comittee include: Theodore Cooper, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Upjohn Co.; Philip Leder, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, Harvard University School of Medicine; Rodney Nichols, executive president of Rockefeller University; and Ruby Hearn, vice president for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." Cooper was a correspondent of Mary Lasker from 1970 to 1992.

In 1996, Hearn was appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Harold Varmus.

New Appointments / NIH Record 1996
Advisory Committee to the Director, 1997 / NIH

The Commonwealth Fund

Hearn was on the Commonwealth Fund Commission on Women's Health, 1996.

Commission on Women's Health / Commonwealth Fund

"Kids' Health Care Fares Poorly in Poll"

"'Health care, poverty, alcohol and smoking didn't even make it onto the list,' said Ruby P. Hearn, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the survey. 'The public agenda as revealed in the survey is much narrower than we think it needs to be.'" That's how those foundation people justify their existence: first they trump up supposed "problems," then they anoint themselves to "solve" them (which they don't do anyway). Then they live luxuriously on the grant money, while precious little goes to the poor. And all smokers get out of it is degrading hate propaganda. (Kids' Health Care Fares Poorly in Poll. By Don Colburn, The Washington Post, Feb. 2, 1998.)

Kids' Health / Medical Mall

"The Council on Foundations Message to America: The Era of Lady Bountiful is Over." Capital Research Center Foundation Watch, June 1996. How the denizens of Foundationland never eat a bad meal or hear an honest word.

Foundation Watch / Capital Research Center 1996

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