Davis appointed member of Pennsylvania Commission for Women

June 26, 2007

Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), has been appointed a member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

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“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the state of Pennsylvania in this way,” said Davis. “I hope to utilize my experiences in the area of rural health to assist the Commission in achieving its mission of improving the health and well being of women across the state.”

As director of PORH, Davis is responsible for developing and sustaining linkages with state and national partners and seeking ways to enhance the health status of rural Pennsylvanians through education, outreach, advocacy and applied research. Her special interests focus on rural health issues, public health policy, women‚s health, special populations and the un- and under-insured.

Davis was president of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association from 2001 to 2003 and a graduate of the inaugural class of the National Rural Health Leadership Development Program. She sits on a number of national and statewide committees, including committees of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and advisory committees for the National Rural Health Association. Among other university and state activities, Davis is a member of the Penn State Rural Women‚s Health Initiative, is the state representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission's Health Policy Advisory Council, serves on the advisory board of the Center for Rural Health Practice of the University of Pittsburgh and is vice president of the Centre County Breast Cancer Coalition.

Davis holds a bachelor's degree in sociology/psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in health administration from Penn State.

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is located in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development and is affiliated with Penn State Outreach and Penn State Cooperative Extension.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.