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January 14, 2008

DSS Secretary to Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

PIERRE, S.D. S.D. Department of Social Services’ Secretary, Deb Bowman, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Mike Levitt, to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services from 2007 through 2011.

“Deb will be a great addition and a valuable asset to the Committee,” stated Gov. Mike Rounds. “She has the experience and knowledge it takes to provide the recommendations needed to improve rural health care in this country.”

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services is currently composed of 21-members from across the country who advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues concerning the provision and financing of health and human services in rural areas. The Committee was established in 1987 and is made of physicians, nurses, educators, researchers, hospital and clinic administrators, human services and policy experts. The members represent expertise in the delivery, financing, research, development and administration of health and human services in rural areas. Each member serves an overlapping four-year term.

The Committee studies and makes recommendations on issues affecting health and human services in rural areas such as shortages of providers, limited access to services and the financial viability of struggling rural health and human services systems. Each year the Committee produces a report on key rural issues that includes recommendations to the Secretary.

“It is truly an honor to be a part of this Committee,” stated Secretary Bowman. “I look forward to working with the other members on addressing the issues of health and human services in rural areas throughout the country.”

The Committee will meet February 20-22, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

For more information, please contact Emily Currey at 605-773-3165.