Dean Craig H. Blakely, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, has been appointed to the Defense Health Board, which advises the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to health for retired and active members of the military and their families.
“It is an honor to be nominated for this federal advisory post,” Dean Blakely said. “Members of the Defense Health Board have incredible responsibilities overseeing the health, broadly defined, of the entire set of armed forces.”
Most of the board’s 18 members are retired high-ranking military personnel and physicians. Blakely, whose four-year appointment began in August when he attended his first quarterly meeting of the board, is the only member whose primary expertise is public health.
“Population health offers a different perspective from clinical medicine. When we incorporate prevention and policy efforts into the dialogue, we can influence health outcomes in significant ways,” Dean Blakely said.
The Defense Health Board (DHB) makes recommendations and provides independent advice on operational programs, health policy development, health research programs, requirements for the treatment and prevention of disease and injury, promotion of health and the delivery of health care to Department of Defense beneficiaries.
“Dr. Blakely’s nomination to this board attests to the depth and breadth of his understanding of public health. His service on this national platform will only enhance the work he is doing here in Louisville and increase the impact our university may have on health policy not only across the nation but around the world,” said Dr. David L. Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs at UofL.