March 14, 2003

Conway-Welch to join U.S. advisory panel

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From left, Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr., Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, and Larry Churchill, Ph.D. were among the panelists in a discussion during Cover the Uninsured Week activities on Tuesday. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Conway-Welch to join U.S. advisory panel

Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., dean of Vanderbilt School of Nursing, has been invited to join an expert advisory group of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

The Center is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that studies, informs, and advises the federal government on issues facing the American presidency and its related institutions.

The Center brings together experts from government, academia, and the corporate arena to discuss key issues and identify areas of policy or research where there may be gaps that need to be addressed.

Conway-Welch will help direct the selection of topics to be part of a series of roundtable discussions with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

She is the founder and director of the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education, an international coalition consisting of organizational representatives of Schools of Nursing, nursing accrediting bodies, nursing specialty organizations, and governmental agencies interested in promoting mass casualty education for nurses.

She also helped create VUMC’s National Center for Emergency Preparedness, managed by VUSN and headed by Stephen Guillot.

Conway-Welch also serves on the Secretary’s Council on Public Health Preparedness, from the office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency preparedness, DHHS, appointed by Secretary Tommy Thompson.