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Professor Appointed to Department of Health and Human Services Committee

eturnerTuesday, May 24, Assistant Psychology Professor Earl Turner, Ph.D., was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Project Advisory Committee at the Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

As a member of the NPAC, he will attend a series of meetings in Washington, to support the initiative of HHS and to expand the availability of culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health professionals in America, especially for minority and underserved populations.

"I am honored to be selected by the DHHS," said Turner. "Serving on this committee provides a unique opportunity to help improve behavioral health providers' knowledge on working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

He continued, "Similar e-learning programs have been developed for other professions such as nursing and physicians, but this is the first time DHHS will create a continuing education program for mental health professionals. Given the changes in health care reform and the need to address mental health disparities, I believe this is a very important and timely initiative."

One of the key elements in the development of this initiative is the National Project Advisory Committee (NPAC), whose purpose is to advise and provide input for the development and implementation of a behavioral health e-learning initiative.

NPAC members will contribute to the development of the e-learning program, including reviewing pilot and field test findings, suggesting revisions to the content and online format, and participating in the dissemination, marketing, and evaluation of the completed program.