The College of Public Health is pleased to announce that Martha Kubik, David R. Devereaux Chair, Professor and Director of the Department of Nursing, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.
“We are proud to congratulate Dr. Kubik on this prestigious new appointment,” said Laura A. Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health. “Her experience in a variety of healthcare settings, combined with her commitment to addressing factors that contribute to childhood obesity and health inequalities, will be a valuable asset to the work of the Task Force.”
Kubik will join fellow experts in evidence-based medicine from a variety of health-related fields—including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology and nursing—to review existing peer-reviewed evidence and evaluate the benefits and harms of preventive services. Members are appointed to serve a 4-year term by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“On behalf of my fellow Task Force members, I am happy to welcome Dr. Kubik to the Task Force,” said Task Force chair David C. Grossman. “Her clinical and research expertise in childhood obesity prevention, as well as her commitment to public health and low-income and minority populations, will be an important addition to the Task Force.”
Kubik has more than 20 years of primary care clinical experience as an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse practitioner, serving youth and their families in a variety of health care settings. In addition, she is a standing member of the National Institutes of Health’s Community-level Health Promotion Study Section and a member of the Journal of School Nursing editorial advisory board. Her research interests include the school food environment and the role of school nursing in obesity prevention.
The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services and preventive medications. Task Force recommendations have informed clinical standards for many professional societies, health organizations and medical quality review groups.