IJEqH Volume 11
Supplement 1 to ISEqH VI International Conference
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Barbara Starfield

The Executive Board of ISEqH wants to express its sympathy regarding the death of Prof. Barbara Startfield, co-founder and first President of our Society, who passed away last Friday 10th of June. Though she is no longer with us physically, her legacy will continue to infuse and guide our work, in both obvious and subtle ways.

Professor Starfield was considered one of the most important researchers in the field of Primary Health Care and an international reference not only because of her academic doctrine but also because of her countless publications. Her books have been translated into several languages. She was a member of many scientific societies, and an adviser for many official healthcare institutions around the world. She was a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for several internationally renowned health journals. She has been instrumental in leading projects to develop important methodological tools, including the Primary Care Assessment Tool, the CHIP tools (to assess adolescent and child health status), and the Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACGs) for assessment of diagnosed morbidity burdens reflecting degrees of co-morbidity.

Among her honors, many stand out as a testiment to her influence and leadership:

2000: Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners (UK).
2002: Lifetime Achievement Award, Ambulatory Pediatric Association.
2002: Morehouse School of Medicine Excellence in Primary Care Award.
2004: Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research.
2005: John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians. 2005: Doctora honoris causa, University of Montreal
2006: Avedis Donabedian Award for Leadership in Quality of Care, Avedis Donabedian Foundation.
2007: Fifth Annual Award for Excellence and Innovation and Value Purchasing. National Business Group on Health, Washington DC.
2007: Avedis Donabedian Award for Quality Improvement. American Public Health Association (Medical Care Section), Washington DC.

We lost a giant intellect, a generous colleague and an excellent partner. Our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by many of us working to realize her vision of an equitable world.