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Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, Appointed to Department of Health & Human Services National Health Committee

The Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation has been appointed as a member of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

Richmond joins 12 other nationally recognized subject matter experts in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, health literacy, communication and law to serve on the Committee.

Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence and submit recommendations to the HHS Secretary with rationales to inform the development and implementation of the nation’s disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030. Along with public and federal agency comments, these recommendations will be used by HHS to develop the next iteration of the Healthy People initiative. 

Since 1979, the Healthy People initiative has set disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation. Healthy People establishes specific, science-based, measurable objectives with targets that are used to benchmark and monitor progress over the course of a decade.  Healthy People 2030 will be the fifth iteration, charting the course to improve the nation’s health starting in the year 2020 through 2030.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS will lead the development of Healthy People 2030 and host the Advisory Committee’s public meetings. The first meeting will take place on December 1-2, 2016.  For information about the meetings, visit www.healthypeople.gov.

About Dr. Richmond

The prevention of injury and violence and improving outcomes of injury care are central to the discipline of nursing. Dr. Richmond conducts studies focusing on the interaction of physical injuries and their psychological consequences in order to reduce post-injury disability and improve recovery. Her research focuses on vulnerable, marginalized and low-resource urban populations who bear a disproportionate burden of injury and violence.

Richmond is committed to working collaboratively across disciplines to address the complex social and health issues of injury and violence. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Penn Injury Science Center which brings together university, community, and government partners to prevent injury and violence and improve outcomes when injuries happen. The center has a specific focus on vulnerable, low-resource urban populations and its interdisciplinary group of scientists promotes and performs research, provides training, and translates scientific discoveries into practice and policy.  

In her role as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the School, Richmond helps shape the research-focused environment that is Penn Nursing by working with faculty to set and implement strategic directions and facilitating systems to help faculty increase their scholarship and productivity. Richmond’s research involves all levels of students, including undergraduate research assistants who work with her research staff and doctoral and post-doctoral members of her research teams.

The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have supported Richmond’s research. Richmond’s injury science work and scholarship has been honored with many awards, notably the American Association of Critical Care Nursing/ GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Richmond received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania; her Masters in Nursing Science from Catholic University of America; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware; and a diploma from the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing.