Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, is one of 26 individuals across the state who were selected to serve on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s new Health Care Modernization Task Force.
The bipartisan, bicameral task force will be co-chaired by Mr. Stuart McWhorter, Finance and Administration commissioner, and Mr. Bill Carpenter, former chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health. The task force will host public discussions with the goal of providing options for consideration to address some of the state’s major health care issues.
“Working together, with patients, providers and payers, we can establish Tennessee as a world-class health care market for our people,” Gov. Lee said. “I would like to thank Commissioner McWhorter and Bill Carpenter for agreeing to lead this effort that will help move Tennessee toward better health outcomes and toward being a leader in the nation on health care.”
The group’s discussions will help drive the state’s consideration of ideas to improve the lives of Tennesseans who lack access to quality, affordable health care through innovation, uniting market forces and addressing community-specific characteristics to health issues.
“Improving health is a complex challenge,” said Dr. Wykoff. “It requires changing behaviors, improving social conditions and assuring access to quality and affordable health care. While this is difficult, it can be done, and I am honored to have been invited to serve on the Governor’s Task Force focused on helping to make these changes a reality.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25