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March 12, 2009

College of Public Health dean appointed to U.S. health task force

Susan Curry, Ph.D., dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a leading panel of experts in prevention and primary care.

The task force consists of 16 health care experts in the specialties of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, preventive medicine, public health, behavioral medicine and nursing.

Curry, UI Distinguished Professor of Health Management and Policy, brings a number of credentials to the task force. She is currently vice-chair of the American Legacy Foundation's Board of Directors and a member of the National Cancer Institute's Board of Scientific Advisors.

Curry's research focuses on disease prevention and behavioral risk factor modification. With a primary focus on tobacco use, her research also includes studies on diet, cancer screening and problem drinking. Curry's research on tobacco includes studies of motivation to quit smoking, randomized trials of promising smoking cessation and prevention interventions, evaluations of the use and cost effectiveness of tobacco cessation treatments under different health insurance plans, and analysis of health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation.

"This is a significant honor and opportunity to develop prevention-based recommendations for medical professionals nationwide," Curry said. "I look forward to participating in the important work of the task force to improve the health of the public."

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The task force conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services.

For more information about the task force visit

This news release includes information provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

PHOTOS: A low-res photo of Susan Curry is available at For high-res photos, please contact Hannah Fletcher.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277,