Obituary: Dr. E. Richard Brown, public health expert

04/26/2012 12:00 AM

04/25/2012 10:57 PM

Dr. E. Richard Brown, a nationally recognized public health expert who compiled survey data that have helped shape California and national policy on health care, died Friday of a stroke in Lexington, Ky. He was 70.

His death was announced by UCLA, where he was a professor at the Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Brown was a past president of the American Public Health Association and an adviser to the Clinton and Obama administrations.

An outspoken advocate for health care reform, he testified often before California lawmakers about the numbers of people who lack health insurance.

As director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, he founded the nation's largest state health survey.

The first California Health Interview Survey, conducted in 2001, was based on interviews with more than 55,000 households statewide.

Subsequent CHIS findings were cited during legislative efforts to institute comprehensive health care reform in California.

The data and related research on people who lost health insurance during the recession were used to win congressional approval of the federal Affordable Care Act in 2010.

A Santa Monica resident, Dr. Brown was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Plainfield, N.J. He earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Survivors include his wife, Marianne, daughters, Delia Brown and Adrienne Faxio; brother, Julian Horowitz; and a granddaughter.

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