Fiftieth Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years of Health Policy Leadership

In 1967, shortly after the launch of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, LDI was established as the first academic center to combine the disciplines of a leading medical school and business school. Over the next half century LDI evolved as Penn's hub for collaborative health reseach and policy. Now, in 2017, we celebrate that hub's unique heritage and accomplishments as an ongoing force in the improvement of the nation's health care system.

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LBJ Enacts Medicare and Medicaid

President Lyndon Johnson enacts Medicare and Medicaid. The laws, drafted in part by William Kissick, provide unprecedented health coverage for elderly and low-income Americans.

LDI is Established

LDI is established at Wharton with the support of Leonard Davis, an innovator in private health insurance, and his wife Sophie. 

Health Care Management MBA

LDI drives the creation of a Health Care Management MBA at The Wharton School, a prototypical degree in advanced business management for health care industry professionals.

National Health Insurance Issue

Rising to the top of the political agenda, National Health Insurance is the focus of a national conference hosted by LDI and a two-part article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Robert Eilers.

RWJF Clinical Scholars Program

Penn becomes an early site of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, the first of its kind to provide post-residency training in health services research and policy.

50th Anniversary Symposium
Shaping the Future of Health Care

In a milestone year for LDI and a pivotal moment in national health care policy, leading thinkers from Penn, industry, media and government gathered in a collaborative exchange on Oct. 5 and 6, 2017 to explore the continued challenges of health care access, affordability, value and disparities. 

Oct. 5, 2017 to Oct. 6, 2017


We wrap up this series with an ode to its creator, Janet Weiner. 

50th Story Stack from /ldi-impact

Emanuel, Slavitt and Pauly Eye the Future in Light of Recent Past
Penn Clinical Scholar Alum Rebekah Gee's Remarks at LDI Symposium
Eisenberg Pioneer Award Winner Praises Penn Mentors Who Influenced Her Career
Pulitzer Prize Author Tracks the Evolution of U.S. Health Care Policy
Last Day Highlights Panels of Top Health Care Authorities Looking to The Future

The degree programs in health care management, policy and research established through LDI have produced more than 2,500 Penn graduates who are leaders in academia, government agencies, foundations, health care organizations, and industry.

LDI digs deep to understand the mechanisms affecting populations made vulnerable by demographic or geographic disparities. LDI researchers have analyzed issues from appointment availability for Medicaid-eligible patients, to neighborhood effects on health outcomes, to the "leaky pipeline" for minorities in health professions.