Richard Douglass is a social epidemiologist and gerontologist whose recent contributions have included publishing critiques and offering advocacy regarding the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. His government, academic, and research career extends from 1968. He is a health policy authority regarding the provision and evaluation of health care and public health services for underserved populations. He has held academic appointments at The University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Eastern Michigan University as well as the University of Ghana and Ashesi University in Ghana as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. He is actively involved with advisory board memberships and is a member of the Michigan State Advisory Council on Aging. He is currently a co-principal investigator for a research investigation of non-emergency medical transportation deficiencies in Iosco County, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund through the Michigan Region 9 Area Agency on Aging. Richard Douglass lives in Tawas City, Iosco County on the Sunrise Side of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.