Bruce Behringer, who for 20 years has played a key role in East Tennessee State University becoming a national leader in rural health education, has accepted a senior leadership appointment with the Tennessee Department of Health. Tennessee’s commissioner of health, Dr. John Dreyzehner, appointed Behringer the deputy commissioner for improvement and training for TDOH.
At ETSU, Behringer served as the associate vice president and executive director for the Office of Rural and Community Health and Community Partnerships, a facet of the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center. Since Behringer’s arrival in Johnson City, formal community partnerships for experiential education programs have been established in Johnson, Hawkins, Hancock, Unicoi and Sevier counties.
In addition to his role in the Office of Rural and Community Health and Community Partnerships at ETSU, Behringer has taught multiple courses in the interdisciplinary health professions curriculum and in the College of Public Health and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. At ETSU’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, he has been a research associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine.
Behringer was hired at ETSU in 1992. He represented the university on several regional and statewide boards and committees, including the Tennessee State Comprehensive Cancer Care Coalition, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee, the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, CareSpark, and the Appalachian Regional Commission Health Policy Council.