(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, recently was chosen to serve as chair-elect within the AcademyHealth Organization, the premier professional organization in her field.

The AcademyHealth Organization is a national organization for health services researchers, policy analysts and practitioners. It contains several interest groups covering a broad range of health research and policy interests. The largest is the Health Economics Interest Group, with more than 2,000 members and of which Dr. Tai-Seale has been as a member of its advisory board for the past three years and is now chair-elect.

The group is dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research, providing a forum for emerging ideas and empirical results of health economics research, and fostering the development and dissemination of the best health economics research to influence health policy and clinical practice.

“AcademyHealth has been my professional home since the beginning of my career,” Dr. Tai-Seale said. “I have benefited a great deal from sharing ideas with fellow health economists. It is an honor to be asked to serve the Health Economics Interest Group as the chair-elect. I look forward to working with the interest group members and other volunteer members of the advisory board to advance the field.”

— Rae Lynn Mitchell