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Promoting Equity Through Primary Care and Health Services Research: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Barbara Starfield

  • Christopher B. Forrest
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Christopher B. Forrest, MD, PhD, Professor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th St and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.
    Affiliations
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Penn (Dr Forrest); Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn (Dr Forrest); and Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md (Dr Riley)
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  • Anne W. Riley
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    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Penn (Dr Forrest); Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn (Dr Forrest); and Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md (Dr Riley)
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      Science advances in the same way that grand buildings are constructed. Most scientists deem themselves fortunate if they can add a brick or two during the course of their careers. Occasionally, a trailblazer builds an entire wall. Dr. Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, built several sturdy structures in the grand edifice of science. Earlier this year, Dr. Starfield died while swimming in her pool in California, one of her favorite activities. Her legacy includes not only her lifelong companion, Dr. Tony Holtzman, but four children and eight grandchildren. She also leaves the scientific community a prodigious and inspiring body of work that has shaped and will continue to influence research, practice, and policy on children’s health, primary care, health equity, and health services.
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