Professor Named to Federal Council to End Health Disparities
September 19, 2011 – The National Partnership for for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) has tapped nursing and health studies professor Laura Anderko to serve on one of its 10 councils designated to move the country toward health equity.
The Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Anderko began serving on the Regional Health Equity Council for the Washington, D.C.-area this month.
“It is an honor to be selected to participate in this innovative approach with the overall goal of achieving health equity nationally,” says Anderko, a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, and public and environmental health.
The NPA is a public-private initiative established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The 10 councils, each covering a different geographical region, include members from the public, nonprofit and private sectors.
Anderko’s role on the council complements her social justice work in the health field. A Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Anderko also is a member of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, which advises the Environmental Protection Agency.
“My career has focused on the reduction of health disparities, from my early work in public health nursing to my current work in values-based health care,” she says.