June 30: Dean Wyatt will step down as dean and Legislative Committee Chair. Dean Raskob will serve as interim chair of the ASPPH Legislative Committee.
Week of June 2: Likely Senate floor vote for Sylvia Mathews Burwell as next HHS Secretary.
ASPPH Leadership Transitions: Dean Steve Wyatt (Kentucky) has announced that he will step down on June 30. He will return to the UK College of Medicine where he will help guide the growing Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) and lead an emerging partnership established by UK HealthCare.
Dean John Finnegan (Minnesota), chair of the ASPPH Board, has asked Dean Gary Raskob (Oklahoma), chair-elect ASPPH Board, to serve as interim chair of the Legislative Committee until elections are held. Dean Raskob previously served as chair of the Committee.
Other Legislative Initiatives:
The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science’s working group considering the July 2013 IOM Report on the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program has issued its report.
The working group’s report focused on “Where We Are Now (Positive/Negative Factors)” and “Where We Need to Be – What Does Success Look Like” related to four strategic goals: workforce development, collaboration/engagement, integration, and methods/processes.
An article posted on May 16 by The Hill, a newspaper popular on Capitol Hill, asked, “Will budget cuts help spread deadly MERS virus in US?” The article noted, “The National Association of County and City Health Officials says more than 50,000 local and state health jobs have been cut since 2008 as local governments reduced budgets because of falling tax revenue during the recession.”
In an editorial in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Francis Collins and NIH colleagues address “how PCORnet went from dream to reality.” According to the authors, PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, “aims to build a national research network, linked by a common data platform and embedded in clinical care delivery systems.” They also wrote, “For researchers, a network of electronic medical records representing over 100 million covered lives will make large-scale observational and interventional trials faster to launch, more representative of diverse real world populations, and capable of providing much-needed answers to comparative effectiveness research questions with greater accuracy.” PCORnet is largely funded by PCORI.
The NSF’s National Science Board has released a new report from its Task Force on Administrative Burdens. Titled, “Reducing Investigators’ Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research,” many of the recommendations mirror earlier proposals from the Federal Demonstration Partnership and other panels. The Science Board’s recommendations include:
Administrative Issues: As a reminder, the Legislative Committee call scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, at 3pm has been canceled. The next meeting of the Legislative Committee will by conference call on Tuesday, June 24, at 3pm ET.