In January 2008, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Alan Levine to lead the state’s health agency, the Department of Health and Hospitals. The agency, the state’s largest, has a $7.8 billion annual budget and nearly 12,000 employees and administers programs in mental health, public health, emergency preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, addictive disorders and aging services.
Levine is nationally recognized for leading efforts to reform Medicaid, creating a more transparent health care system through mandatory public reporting of health provider outcomes, implementing privacy-protected electronic medical records, and being prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters. In August 2006, Modern Healthcare magazine named Levine one of 30 leaders nationwide likely to have a powerful impact on the future of health care.
Prior to his arrival in Louisiana, Levine served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Broward Health, one of the largest non-profit public health care systems in the U.S. In July 2004, he was appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the state’s health financing, regulatory and policy agency. With a budget of more than $16 billion, the Agency oversees and operates the Florida Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 25,000 health care facilities and 25 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics. Prior to his appointment, Levine was tapped by Gov. Bush to serve as his deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor. At age 29, he was named CEO of Doctors' Memorial Hospital in Perry, Florida, and later served as CEO of South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, Florida.
He has served on numerous boards of directors, including; Florida Hospital Association, Florida Center for Nursing, Alternative Education Institute, Association of Community Hospitals and Health Systems, Boys and Girls Club, and Junior Achievement. He also has served as a guardian ad-litem within Florida's child welfare system, and participates in the Big Brother and Big Sister program.
Mr. Levine received a bachelor’s degree in health education and two master's degrees in business administration and health services in 1992 from the University of Florida. He is married to Laura, and enjoys spending time with his son, Terry, and daughter, Kathryn. He spends his spare time coaching youth football, snow-skiing, and enjoying University of Florida Gator athletics.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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