Dr. Keith Mueller, interim dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Gerhard Hartman Professor of Health Management and Policy, has been appointed to a two-year term as a member of the Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Committee in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
[Photo: Photo: Dr. Keith Mueller]
Dr. Mueller is the director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and chair of the RUPRI Health Panel. He has served as president of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. He has also served on national advisory committees to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Committee advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on health care issues affecting veterans residing in rural areas. In particular, it examines ways to enhance VA services for rural veterans by evaluating current program activities and identifying barriers to services. The committee also provides recommendations to enhance VA’s rural health care services.
The panel consists of 12 appointed members and four ex-officio members appointed by the VA Secretary. Members include rural health experts in academia, rural health professionals, state directors of veterans affairs, leaders of veterans service organizations, and rural veterans.