(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, recently joined the editorial board of “Health Services Research” journal.

Health Services Research is the leading journal for those involved in health services research, as well as the official journal of AcademyHealth, the professional organization for those in the health services research field, policy analysts and practitioners. It is published by the Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

The journal provides the latest in methods, finding and thinking on health policy and practice issues. Its major themes of focus are access to health care, quality of care and cost of care.

Access, quality and cost of care have been topics for conversation from the halls of Congress to the local senior center and will continue as the focus of public attention far into the future. Dr. Tai-Seale’s research expertise in these areas, particularly in patient-physician interaction and relationship, is among the many qualifications leading to her selection as an editorial board member.

“It is a true honor to be asked to serve on the editorial board of the top journal of my profession with leading thinkers of the field from other premier institutions,” said Dr. Tai-Seale. “Having contributed as an author and peer reviewer for the journal, I am enthusiastic about my new role on the board.”

During her three-year term, Dr. Tai-Seale will participate in directing the course of the journal and assuring its continuing quality through manuscript reviews and other contributions.

“This is a tremendous honor for both Dr. Tai-Seale and the School of Rural Public Health,” said Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D, associate dean for Academic Affairs for the HSC-SRPH. “The editorial board of Health Services Research includes many of the leading health services researchers and health economists in the United States. This is one of the most important journals in health policy and provides the opportunity to influence the direction of the field.”

— Rae Lynn Mitchell