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ODU ALUMNA APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO COMMISSION ON HEALTH REFORM

Old Dominion University alumna Roslyn C. Tyler, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, has been appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to the Commission on Health Reform. The Commission will convene leading voices from all facets of both the public and private sectors to recommend effective ways to reform and strengthen healthcare in Virginia.

With her election last year to the 2006 Virginia House of Delegates, Tyler became the seventh Old Dominion graduate in the General Assembly. Tyler, a Democrat, represents the approximately 30,000 residents of the 75th District in southside Virginia, comprising six counties, the city of Emporia and part of the city of Franklin. Providing affordable health care and prescription drugs was part of her legislative platform.

Tyler, a mother of four, has worked the past 15 years as a physical therapist - all but one year at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1986 from Old Dominion and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in physical therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Commission on Health Reform is tasked with identifying and implementing national best practices at the state level with emphasis on access, quality, and safety of care, as well as addressing long-term care and affordability. It will work closely with the General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, and foster cooperation between the Executive and Legislative branches on this important set of issues.

The Commission is chaired by the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Marilyn Tavenner, and has a diverse membership including state legislators, members of the Governor's Cabinet, consumer and patient advocates, health care leaders, and citizens. The Commission will hold public meetings to allow for citizen participation in its work, and will issue a final report to the Governor by September 2007.

This article was posted on: October 3, 2006

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