Robin P. Newhouse
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that Robin P. Newhouse, PhD '00, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been elected to the AcademyHealth Board of Directors. Newhouse, the only nurse on the board, is one of three new members selected from a pool of six nominees. In her newly-elected role, Newhouse and the board are responsible for providing the overall strategic direction for the organization. Additionally, board members are expected to serve on AcademyHealth's various committees. "As we address some of the most pressing issues in improving the quality of care for the patients we serve, health services research is central to understanding the mechanism by which providers can deliver evidence-based care, discern which interventions improve patient outcomes, and inform where investments should be made to improve health care processes," Newhouse said. "I will work to advance the interdisciplinary science of health services research, identify and provide resources for members, foster interprofessional teams to address some of our most complex health care problems, advocate for health services research funding, and foster the rapid translation of sound evidence to practice." AcademyHealth seeks to improve health and health care by generating new knowledge and moving knowledge into action. It is a leading health services and policy research national organization that supports health professionals in increasing the quality, accessibility and value of health care through the development and use of rigorous, timely, and relevant evidence. Elected board members will serve four-year terms, beginning in December. "We are exceptionally proud that Dr. Newhouse has been recognized by AcademyHealth to serve on its board of directors," said UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Her contributions will have a widespread impact on the health of Marylanders and Americans, and AcademyHealth will benefit greatly from her experience and expertise."