Dean Appointed to Public Health Committee

UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean Among Nine New Members on State Advisory Committee

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Stephen Shortell, the dean of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Public Health, was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday as one of nine new members to the state's Public Health Advisory Committee.

Shortell, 63, has been a professor at Berkeley since 1998, serving as a Blue Cross of California distinguished professor in health policy and management and professor of organizational behavior. He has served as the dean of the Graduate School of Public Health since 2002.

These new members will serve for three years on the committee and advise Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, recommend policies and promote strategies to enhance the department's effectiveness.

Shortell said he has high hopes for the committee's ambitious agenda.

"I hope to make a positive impact, and I'm excited to represent the (Berkeley) campus on this important advisory committee," he said. "I want to make California the healthiest state in the nation."

In 2006, Schwarzenegger signed SB 162 reinstating the Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 2007.

The department offers a wide array of services ranging from information about bottled water to AIDS intervention programs.

The committee is comprised of nine members appointed by the governor, three members appointed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and three appointed by California's Senate Rules Committee.

The governor chose the appointees in order to represent a "broad cross-section of public health stake holders," said the governor's spokesperson Rachel Cameron.

Of the eight other committee members appointed by the governor, four have served various positions at other UC schools, including Irvine, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The date of the first committee meeting is still unknown, but Shortell said he hopes to schedule it between April 7 and 11, which is National Public Health Week.

Contact Anna Widdowson at [email protected]

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