Henrik Blum, a health planner and a longtime faculty member at the school of public health at the University of California at Berkeley, died Jan. 3 at his home in Oakland, Calif. He was 90. A physician and member of Berkeley's faculty from 1966 to 1984, Blum wrote three texts considered among the most important early works on community health needs. He was instrumental in developing the school's renowned health-planning program and helped establish its American Indian Graduate Program, which awards graduate degrees in public health to American Indians and Alaska natives. Thomas Rundall, a professor of organized health systems at Berkeley, said Blum was one of healthcare's most influential figures "through the 1970s, 1980s and even the 1990s." "I would say his legacy is around the issue of democratizing the planning process and building health systems that are responsive to community needs, as well as making public health a force for improving the life of the disadvantaged," Rundall said. Blum was vice president of the American Public Health Association in 1990. The American Health Planning Association, which describes Blum as a "champion of healthcare equity," sponsors an annual award named in his honor. -- by Michael Romano
Henrik Blum, community-health planning pioneer, dies
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