The Remak Report is a health policy blog that identifies and reports on issues involving health care access, re-design and research. Including stories from those whose lives have been affected by life-changing health events and how they have dealt with the health care system, policy measures affecting statewide access, as well as local issues such as wellness education, quality of care, affordability, healthy eating and activities, behavioral health, better outcomes and health workforce utilization, the Remak Report is designed to give Californians a better sense of the local healthcare landscape, and how they can take part and voice in the ongoing dialogue that is now taking place.
Bill Remak, a scientist and patient advocate, graduate of San Francisco State University (Class of ’87) and UCSF (1989), is the chairman of the California Hepatitis C Task Force and the driving force behind the founding the National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces. He is one of the founding members of the California Chronic Care Coalition under the leadership of Elizabeth Helms and this has expanded his advocacy for public policy that ensures all people with chronic conditions have access to quality and affordable care. While also an avid research advocate for parity in federal funding for chronic disease research, he also has been engaged for nearly a decade in advancing support for regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Recently, after some years of active participation, and in addition to his current activities, he assumed the leadership of the National Working Group on Evidence Based Healthcare in order to help sustain the effort to ensure as healthcare undergoes its transformation under the Affordable Care Act, that the patient centered engagement and empowerment is established in value based models of health delivery with the determinants and disparities addressed that impinge on securing sustainable wellness outcomes for communities. Bill enjoys writing about the philosophical resolutions to today’s humanitarian and wellness problems from local and global perspectives. Bill enjoys sailing, watching films and debating public policy issues. He has four grown children and three grandchildren.