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ETSU’s Bishop to serve on Defense Health Board Public Health Subcommittee

Contributed • Oct 25, 2019 at 5:20 PM

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness has appointed Wilsie Bishop, senior vice president for academics and interim provost at East Tennessee State University, to the Defense Health Board Public Health Subcommittee.

The Defense Health Board is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to maximize the health, safety and effectiveness of all Department of Defense health care beneficiaries.

The Public Health Subcommittee functions as a subcommittee of the DHB, advising on matters pertaining to improving the overall health of members of the Armed Forces and their families through the evaluation of DoD public health programs and initiatives including education, health promotion and prevention activities, as well as disease and injury prevention research.

“I am grateful for the service and the sacrifice of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, so it is an honor to be appointed to this subcommittee that plays a role in ensuring that we are doing our best to take care of their health,” Bishop said.

The Public Health Subcommittee is comprised of 10 individuals from across the country who are authorities in their field. Some have served as leaders in the field of military medicine, and others have no military affiliation. This creates a board with broad perspectives of views, allowing it to provide independent advice on topics crucial to the Military Health System.

The DHB and its subcommittees have delivered more than 50 reports to the DoD on a variety of topics addressing Department priorities, including recommendations on topics ranging from the DoD’s immunization program for biological warfare to suicide prevention.

Bishop began her career at ETSU in 1978 and has held numerous leadership positions. She served as dean of ETSU’s College of Public and Allied Health. She was also a key leader in laying the groundwork for that college’s evolution into two colleges: the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

Before being named to her current role which oversees all academic programs at ETSU, Bishop served as vice president for health affairs, overseeing ETSU’s health sciences colleges, including Quillen College of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, and College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

Bishop took the oath of office earlier this month and will serve on the subcommittee for a four-year term. 

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