Jim Duffett is the Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) and has had that position for 16 years. For the eight years preceding the CBHC, Jim worked for three different consumer-based organizations working on a wide range of social justice issues.
The Campaign is Illinois' largest health care consumer catalyst organization committed to grassroots public education and advocacy to ensure public input in the creation and ongoing oversight of a universal health care system that responds to the health care needs of all people in our state. The Campaign has been recognized as one of the top five most effective health care advocacy coalitions in the country.
Jim has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 23 years. He is married to Leslie Martin and has three children: Benjamin 12, Alicia (stepdaughter) 12, and Zachary who is six months old.
He has a M.A. in International Affairs (International Political Economics) from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.A. from Kent State and a certificate of International Affairs from Kent State's Geneva, Switzerland program.
Mr. Duffett has testified before Federal and State Legislative Committees and attended a study tour of the Canadian health care system in 1992.
He was appointed by: Governor Blagojevich’s Health Care Transition Team and oversaw the Access Subcommittee; Chicago Mayor Daley to serve his Managed Care Task Force; former Illinois Governor Ryan to serve on the Illinois Assembly; and by the State of Illinois for the Hospital Report Care Committee.
Mr. Duffett has received awards for his health care activism from several Illinois based organizations and in January 2002 was awarded the “The Health Care Activist of the Year” by the national health care organization Families USA.
Mr. Duffett also serves on the board of the national grassroots organization Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN). He was also president of his son's Day Care, and during his terms provided paid health care benefits for the workers and other human dignity benefits.