Tuesday, March 2, 2021 CHHS Research Day Keynote Speaker - Mary Wakefield, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Wakefield
The CHHS Research Day Keynote took place virtually on Tuesday, March 2. Dr. Mary Wakefield presented: Strengthening Health Equity through Health Care Policy: What does science have to do with it?
Mary K. Wakefield Ph.D., RN, FAAN is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to these positions, Dr. Wakefield was appointed by President Obama to the position of Deputy Secretary, the second most senior position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was the first nurse to hold this position and the highest-ranking nurse in the U.S. Government. She was responsible for overseeing management of HHS, a department with a $1 trillion budget and 80,000 employees. In addition, she led strategic Department-wide initiatives in key health policy areas, with particular focus on vulnerable populations.
Prior to this, President Obama appointed her to lead the $10 billion Health Resources and Services Administration. The first nurse in this position, she led program improvements to strengthen the health care workforce, build healthier communities, increase health equity, and provide health care services to geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable populations. Dr. Wakefield’s public service career also includes over eight years working in the United States Senate.
Dr. Wakefield is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Nursing, 2020-2030.
Her prior service includes membership on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as well as the IOM committee that produced the landmark report “To Err is Human” and committee chair for the report “Quality through Collaboration: Health Care in Rural America.”
Dr. Wakefield has a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Devils Lake, North Dakota.
The recorded session is available to all CSU faculty, staff, and students for educational purposes. Please first sign in to Office365 in order to access the recording.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Lightning Talks - Research Innovation
The CHHS Lightning Talks were held virtually on Wednesday, March 3.
Faculty from each academic unit, as well as our two graduate student Dean’s Fellows, gave short talks highlighting scholarly activities in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Your colleagues and professors shared their research innovation, integration, and impact.
Construction Management: Erin Arneson, Assistant Professor
Design and Merchandising: Kristen Morris, Assistant Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition: Megan Mueller, Assistant Professor
Health and Exercise Science: Molly Gutilla, Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Studies: Aga Burzynska, Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy: Jaclyn Stephens, Assistant Professor
School of Education: Dae Seok Chai, Assistant Professor
School of Social Work: Elizabeth Kiehne, Assistant Professor
Health and Exercise Science – Aly Cavalier
Human Development and Family Studies – Reagan Miller