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Texas A&M CHOT Awarded NSF Supplemental Grant

The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health was recently awarded a three-year supplemental grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to hire an innovative managing director. CHOT was one of only 10 NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in the nation that was awarded this highly competitive grant of approximately 190K per year to cover salary, travel and marketing efforts targeting member retention/recruitment.

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[Photo: Dr. Lesley E. Tomaszewski]

Dr. Lesley E. Tomaszewski, has joined CHOT in this new position and will be assisting Dr. Bita Kash, associate professor and director of CHOT, in industry engagement, research dissemination, and center operational management.

Dr. Tomaszewski has over 16 years of academic program planning and evaluation experience. After earning her PhD from Texas A&M University (TAMU), she worked at TAMU as an assistant research scientist for a Texas-funded literacy center then transitioned to an assistant professor at the Mays Business School. From 2010-2014, Dr. Tomaszewski worked in the Netherlands as a faculty member, researcher and administrator within higher education. Before moving to CHOT, Dr. Tomaszewski was program manager at the TAMU Dual-Career Program.

In May of this year, CHOT received renewed funding from NSF through 2019. CHOT emphasizes bringing together health management researchers with those from industrial and systems engineering, information systems and related fields to develop cutting-edge solutions for the health care industry.