Michael C. Barth, Ph.D., is an independent consultant in the health care field. He was part of the group engaged by The Commonwealth Fund to develop Healthy Steps for Young Children and served as national program director from 1994 to 2007. Listed in Who’s Who in America, Dr. Barth is the author of more than 30 publications in professional journals and books. He received a B.A. from Harpur College of Binghamton University, an M.A. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, all in economics.