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New Chairs Appointed to Two Academic Departments

Meet the new bosses: David Holtgrave of Health, Behavior and Society; Ellen MacKenzie of Health Policy and Management.

Over the summer, the Bloomberg School welcomed a new chair to lead a new academic department, while a prominent faculty member took the reins of one of the School's largest departments.

David Holtgrave, PhD, a nationally recognized leader in HIV prevention and social science, will chair the new Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

The new department focuses on healthy behaviors and especially on how multilevel interventions—from national legislation to individualized behavioral counseling—work together to improve health. For example, smoking was dramatically reduced in the United States when education programs were combined with higher cigarette taxes and regulations restricting smoking in public buildings.

Holtgrave comes to the School from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where he was professor and vice-chair of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and professor of Health Policy and Management.

"David Holtgrave has an outstanding reputation for working collegially to develop a forward-looking vision and collectively marshaling the resources to drive it to fruition," says Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS '73, former dean of the School.

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD '79, MSc '75, a leading expert in the study of injury prevention and trauma services research, succeeds Donald Steinwachs, PhD, MS, as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management. MacKenzie is professor in the Department and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Steinwachs will continue as director of the Health Services Research and Development Center.

"Don has left a wonderful legacy for the Department and I can only hope to build on that legacy by furthering the excellent work of the faculty, students and staff," says MacKenzie. "With the faculty of social and behavioral sciences leaving the Department [to become part of the new Department of Health, Behavior and Society], we will need to take a step back and refine our mission. Over the next several months, I look forward to working with the Department to develop a blueprint to guide us into the future."

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