IUPUI Dean Named to HHS Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for 2030
Dean Paul K. Halverson, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, has been named to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for 2030.
The Advisory Committee will provide advice and recommendations for objectives for the Healthy People 2030 initiative, scheduled for release in 2020. The initiative establishes disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation over the next decade.
Composed of subject matter experts, the Committee’s duties include providing input on various components of Healthy People 2030, including the:
- Mission and vision statements
- Organizational structure
- Selection criteria for developing measurable, nationally representative objectives
The Committee will also provide recommendations for:
- Ensuring the selection criteria identifies objectives that address public health issues shown to be high-impact priorities by current national data
- Limiting the number of objectives
- Identifying the Leading Health Indicators
- Implementing Healthy People 2030
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Healthy People 2030 committee,” Dr. Halverson said. “This is an important time to reflect on the nation’s health and how previous Healthy People goals have influenced programs and policies. I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to establish science-based, measurable objectives to monitor the health of our country in the coming decade.”
Prior to his appointment as founding dean, Halverson served for eight years as director and State Health Official of the Arkansas State Department of Health and member of the governor’s cabinet. Dr. Halverson also served as the director of the Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research and as a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service for the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Public Health Practice at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to his appointments in public health, Dr. Halverson served as a hospital administrator in Minnesota and Michigan. Dr. Halverson’s research interests focus on public health systems and services research — primarily on public health infrastructure and organizational effectiveness.
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