Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine dean appointed to committee by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius

Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP, dean of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Niessen’s term runs through Aug. 31, 2016.

Apr 10th, 2014
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Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP, dean of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Niessen’s term runs through Aug. 31, 2016.RELATED |Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine dean elected as delegate to national science organization The Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations on policy and program development to the Secretary, and is responsible for submitting an annual report to the Secretary and Congress concerning certain activities of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. Additionally, the Advisory Committee develops, publishes, and implements performance measures and evaluations of certain sections of the PHS Act. “It is truly an honor to be appointed by Secretary Sebelius to represent the field of dentistry and Nova Southeastern University on a national scale,” said Niessen. “The Advisory Committee through its policy recommendations has the ability to improve the health of our Florida residents and the U.S. population through innovative health professional training programs.” The Advisory Committee is comprised of 17 members including practicing health professionals engaged in training; leaders from health professions organizations; faculty from health professions educational institutions, and health professionals from public or private teaching hospitals or community-based settings. Niessen joined NSU in October 2013. She previously served as a clinical professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry. While at Baylor, Niessen developed and directed a dental public health residency program and partnered with faculty at the University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine to start a geriatric dentistry and medicine fellowship. Her research interests include geriatric oral research and education, epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults, and oral health public policy. Among other leadership positions, Niessen was recently elected as a council delegate representing the Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an organization that seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world and publishes the journal, Science. Niessen received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of New Mexico and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP), all from Harvard University. For more information about the NSU College of Dental Medicine, please visit their website.A THREE-PART SERIES DR. LINDA NIESSEN CO-AUTHORED WITH DR. BRAD GUYTON FOR DENTISTRYIQ ...The CE Century Club: The first of three steps in a stress-resistant dental practiceThe Priority Pyramid: The second of three steps in a stress-resistant dental practiceRemind and reflect: The third of three steps in a stress-resistant dental practice
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