Center for a Healthy America

Center Vision

The Center for a Healthy America is invested in improving the health of Americans now and for generations to come. Decisions about what, how, and where care is received should be made by patients and doctors not by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., state capitals, and industry. AFPI will create healthcare policies and educate stakeholders to put the patient and doctor in control, dignify life, promote better health and health outcomes, improve access, and lower costs for Americans. This is critically important as the health of Americans is essential for a thriving and prosperous country.

AFPI’s Center for a Healthy America works to create policies that give all Americans full agency in decisions that affect their health and well-being. In order for America’s healthcare system to return to its primary mission of improving the health and health outcomes of Americans and reach its full potential, advancement must focus on putting patients first to improve the individual and population health of America.

POLICY PRIORITIES

  • Better Care
  • More Choice
  • Lower Costs
The Honorable Bobby Jindal Chair, Center for a Healthy America

Bobby Jindal is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and currently serves as the Chair of the Center for a Healthy America at AFPI. Jindal has a well-earned reputation as one of America’s most successful public sector executives and one of the boldest innovators in the healthcare and education sectors. Jindal used his two terms as Governor of Louisiana to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Jindal’s agenda included top-to-bottom reformation and privatization of the state-run charity hospital and the state’s healthcare payer systems. Fiscally, Jindal reduced the state budget by 26%, reduced the state employee headcount by 30,000, and implemented the largest income tax reduction in state history. Despite being the Nation’s youngest governor when he was elected in 2007, Jindal was well-prepared thanks to stints as the head of the state Department of Health and Hospitals, President of the University of Louisiana System, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare – all before his thirtieth birthday. Jindal graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Public Policy, with honors, from Brown University, and received a Master of Letters in Politics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Heidi Overton, M.D. Director, Center for a Healthy America

Dr. Heidi Overton is from Gallup, New Mexico, and serves as AFPI’s Director of the Center for a Healthy America. Overton recently served as a White House Fellow in 2019-2020 in both the Office of American Innovation and the Domestic Policy Council and is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, Overton was a general surgery resident at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a physician advocate for price and quality transparency in healthcare through Restoring Medicine. During medical school, Overton was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to serve on the University of New Mexico (UNM) Board of Regents, which included fiduciary and full-voting responsibilities for all business and clinical operations of the university and health system. Overton graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health, Medicine, and Human Values from the UNM’s Combined BA/MD Program and received her medical degree from the UNM School of Medicine. Overton loves living in our nation’s capital and enjoys traveling to see family and friends around the country, especially going back home, where she gets her fill of New Mexico red and green chile and can improve her favorite new hobby – golf – in the bright blue skies and sunshine of the high desert.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord and not for people.”

Colossians 3:23

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