The National Occupational Health Association is a nonprofit group that advocates for employers.
Its members include the largest employers in the United States, and they’re generally well-represented on the board of directors.
But as recently as a year ago, the association had been in the midst of a major shakeup.
The association’s board, which has been in place since 2002, had been led by an industry veteran who was appointed to the board by former President George W. Bush.
Now, it’s a new leader who was selected by President-elect Donald Trump.
The organization’s mission statement was changed in 2016, when a group of health care professionals representing a wide array of industries joined forces to craft a comprehensive agenda for health care reform.
Among other things, the agenda called for more federal funding for public and private health care, better standards for doctors and nurses, and more research into preventing, diagnosing, treating and preventing cancer.
The group had a clear vision for how the nation’s health care system should work.
It was an advocacy group, not a policy organization, and its vision was clear: No one should have to buy insurance for his or her job.
That’s what many people assumed.
It’s what they thought the industry would do.
But the truth was far different.
For months, the organization had been engaged in a fierce, public battle with a group it called the Association of Health Care Professional Associations, or AHPA.
What I think is really important is that when I was elected president, I took the leadership of the Association out of the hands of the AHPA, and I appointed a new board that was made up of industry experts, experts who are trusted by many of our nation’s employers, who I believe have the expertise to make health care a higher priority for the American people, and who I have confidence in to make sure that the ACA remains law.
The changes in leadership were announced on Feb. 17, 2017.
I am pleased to announce that the new board will include former AHPA president and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, who served on the new AHPA board.
In addition, former AHSA board member and former chairwoman of the Center for Health Policy Research, Dr. Michael F. Osterholm, will serve as the acting president of the association.
And I am also pleased to confirm that I am appointing a board of my own.
We’ve worked hard to rebuild the association from a small organization into a respected and trusted voice in the health care industry, and we’ve made significant progress.
Now, I am confident that we can lead the way for future efforts to make America a health care superpower.
I look forward to working with you, the people of Maryland, to make that happen.
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