In this new role longtime faculty member Gretchen Piatt will contribute to strategic decisions and extend the departments outreach as well as seek out collaborators across the university. Piatt will continue to serve as associate chair for Education Programs, director of the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) Program, and director of Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program. In addition to her new role, Piatt's research work will continue in the area of improving health care delivery in ethnic minority and underserved populations with diabetes.
Department Chair Charles Friedman says the expanding disciplines under the DLHS umbrella and the increasing complexity of work among the wide variety of DLHS faculty necessitated the addition of the new vice chair role. "I will welcome this addition of Gretchen's clearly demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, as we continue to grow, and inevitably continue to complexify, in pursuit of excellence as we carry out our mission."