For 15 years, Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, was Kaiser Permanente's senior vice president for community benefit, research and health policy. There he built the largest community benefit program in the United States, investing over $2 billion annually in community health. He led Kaiser Permanente’s signature national health improvement partnerships, including the Weight of the Nation, EveryBody Walk!, the Convergence Partnership and the Partnership for a Healthier America. He established Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research and its national genomics research bank, served as president of KP International and chaired Kaiser Permanente’s field-leading environmental stewardship work.
Previously he headed the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and The Lewin Group. Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from Princeton University. In 2001, the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In 2006, he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast.
In addition to serving as a CDC Foundation board member, he currently serves on the advisory board of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He recently completed terms on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Health and the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.