Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research to Ruth Malone

An announcement by the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies:


Winner of our Hal Luft Award for Mentoring in
Health Services and Health Policy Research is

Ruth E. Malone, RN, PhD, Professor and Chair
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing and
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine

We are delighted to announce that Ruth E. Malone, RN, PhD, has been selected as the third recipient of the Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research.

To celebrate, we have scheduled a PRL-IHPS Grand Rounds that will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Room #263 at Laurel Heights. Ruth will be our featured speaker, followed by Hal presenting the award certificate to Ruth. Our program will be from 3:30 to about 4:30 pm and will be followed by a reception. Ruth's talk will be: "Learning to be a Mentor by Learning to be a Mentee: Adages from a Mentor’s Mentors". We look forward to celebrating and honoring Ruth Malone’s many mentoring contributions and hope you can join us in toasting Ruth for her exemplary role and contributions as a mentor.


Ruth received her undergraduate and graduate training at UCSF and then was selected as a postdoctoral fellow in the Pew Health Policy Program, co-sponsored by the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Institute for Health & Aging. As a UCSF faculty member since 1997, she has been a superb researcher, administrator, and mentor, devoting much time and energy to her mentees and junior faculty and advocating passionately for them.

This announcement will be posted on our website soon. There you’ll also find excerpts from the letters nominating Ruth for the Hal Luft mentoring award (

We established this award in 2008 in honor of Hal Luft’s outstanding contribution as an exemplary mentor. Hal has been involved in training and mentoring future health services and health policy leaders for almost 40 years. He continues this commitment in his current role as director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute and as an Emeritus Professor with the Institute. UCSF faculty with research and teaching interests in health services and/or health policy research are eligible to be nominated. The Award Committee, representing the four UCSF professional schools, first verifies that the nominee is involved in health services and/or health policy research, then makes the selection based on the following award criteria exemplified by Hal:

  1. Inspire and stimulate mentees to do their best and most creative work.
  2. Expand mentees’ ways of thinking by fostering an appreciation of different points of view.
  3. Develop career opportunities for mentees.
  4. Create communities of learners and maintain life-long contact with mentees.
  5. Serve as a role model in leadership, professionalism, integrity and life balance.
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