Assistant Dean Selected for Mid-Atlantic Region Health Equity Council

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 - Brian Floyd, MS, an assistant dean at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, will serve a three-year term on the Region III Health Equity Council, which represents Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“The Regional Health Equity Councils . . . are independent non-governmental organizations located in ten regions of the country,” according to the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Each council comprises leaders and stakeholders from both non-federal public and private sectors from within that region.”

A key activity of the councils, the site says, is the implementation of the priorities of the National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities.

‘Health Equity Agenda’

“As part of its mission to move a health equity agenda forward, I look forward to working with the other Regional Health Equity Council members to establish partnerships, leverage resources, infuse NPA goals and strategies into policies and practices, and share stories and successes with broader constituencies,” Floyd says.

At NHS, Floyd is staff advisor of the Minority Health Initiative Council, a student organization. He is among two teams who earned grant funding from the NHS Office of the Dean to, respectively, begin an undergraduate course on health equity and develop a tool that applies a “racial equity lens” to community health needs assessments. He is also the staff lead author of the 2016 school-led report, The Health of the African American Community in the District of Columbia: Disparities and Recommendations.

“I congratulate Brian on this honor, which is a reflection of his longstanding commitment,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s dean. “His selection for this role will be important to the activities of the council and to the school as we continue our collective work to promote health equity.”

In 2011, Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, was invited to be a member of this regional council.