Washington’s Former “Top Doctor,” Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, FAAP, to Speak at 2015 Commencement

Washington’s Former “Top Doctor,”: Maxine Hayes B&W Photo

One of Washington state’s top health advocates, Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, FAAP, will be the principal speaker at Bastyr University’s 34th Annual Commencement Exercises on June 22, 2015.

From 2000 until her retirement from the post one year ago, Dr. Hayes served as the Washington State Health Officer, appointed by the governor as the state’s “top doctor” with responsibility for disease prevention and health promotion. 

“Last fall we focused anew our commitment to social justice as a University priority and we could have no more fitting speaker for this theme than Dr. Hayes,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD, referring to the creation of the University’s Center for Social Justice and Diversity.

Dr. Hayes is the 2010 recipient of the Bastyr University Mission Award, given to those who show leadership in improving the health and well-being of the human community, and is a former member of the Bastyr University Board of Trustees.

She was brought to the Northwest in 1985 by Seattle Children’s Hospital to be the medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, delivering primary care to underserved populations in Seattle’s Central District. Her service to the community extended well beyond the borders of the Northwest, with achievements including:

  • President of the National Association of Maternal Child Health Programs
  • Chair of the section on Maternal and Child Health of the American Public Health Association
  • National program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Child Health Initiative, as well as serving on the foundation’s national Committee on Active Living and Healthy Eatin
  • Congressional appointment to the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health Care Committee
  • Serving the Department of Defense Military as a member of the medical residency advisory committee of Madigan Hospital’s Department of Preventive Medicine
  • Founding member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the National Academies of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine
  • Serving on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
  • Chair of the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force on Tobacco
  • Serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Autism

Also a respected professor, Dr. Hayes has held posts or lectured at Harvard University School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Buffalo School of Medicine of the State University of New York, Radcliffe College, the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama and more. She continues her role as clinical professor at the University of Washington with faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. 

Her long list of juried publications includes chapter titles such as “The Impact of Women Physicians on Social Change in Medicine,” “Multi-cultural Maternal and Child Health Outreach … Strategies to Assure Access for Asian and Pacific Island Women and Children,” “Family-Centered Care: an Approach to Implementation,” “Building Cultural Competence: A Blueprint for Action,”  “Innovative Approaches to Health Care for the Poor,” and “Righting the Wrong of Social Injustice in Health.”

Bastyr University’s 34th Annual Commencement Exercises are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and will award students with doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, ayurvedic medicine, health psychology, nutrition, exercise science, herbal sciences, human biology and midwifery, as well as certificates in holistic landscape design and Chinese herbal medicine.



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