HSC-School of Rural Public Health Dr. Gamm appointed to national advisory committee for rural health

February 13, 2009

Dr. Larry Gamm

Dr. Larry Gamm

(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Larry Gamm, Ph.D., professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, has accepted a four-year appointment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

The committee advises the DHHS Secretary on current and proposed changes in funding of federal programs and assists in the coordination of rural health activities across departments and units like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, and others. It also works with state and local governments, foundations, and other organizations that address the problems and resources used to meet rural health challenges.

“It is an honor to serve on this active committee that meets with rural leaders around the country and continually searches for better approaches to meeting the health needs of rural Americans,” Dr. Gamm said.

Dr. Gamm is director of the National Science Foundation-supported Center for Health Organization Transformation and also serves as head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the HSC-School of Rural Public Health. Prior to his appointment, he served as director of the school’s Southwest Rural Health Research Center until 2007 and led development of the nationally recognized Rural Healthy People 2010 publication and website.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell