Anita Caufield (HPM ’84) received the 2013 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination during the March 28 Alumni Awards dinner.
Caufield is an accomplished strategic planner and entrepreneur, Anita Caufield has been the visionary for developing educational programming for a variety of non-profit scientific, engineering, product development, and biotech professional associations. As president and executive producer of Forecast Technology Group, Caufield has parlayed her health care administration background into establishing a successful consulting business, serving smaller scientific research societies, universities, and foundations. Now in its 18th year, Forecast has specialized in the executive production of dozens of scientific research and engineering conferences, ranging from automotive safety to biotech product discoveries.
Forecast is currently working in the promising field of regenerative medicine, a science which has the potential to develop medical therapies that will enable the body to repair, replace, restore, and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues, and organs. The company supports scientific training efforts which will lead to the development of artificial organs, the repair of damaged heart tissue after an arrest, the replacement skin tissue after a burn, and the regeneration of pancreatic tissue to produce insulin for diabetics. For Caufield, this highly-anticipated research area has again allowed her to focus on her first love—science and health care.
Caufield lives with her husband and son near Pittsburgh. She has been a volunteer for a children’s charity and currently serves on a community economic development board. Most recently, she founded a retail endeavor donating thousands of dollars in reusable merchandise to women facing life transitions and returning to the workplace. Caufield’s career has taken her in novel directions—each having an impact by contributing to the global health and well-being of patients—past, present, and future.