Former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Joins George Mason

Posted: February 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lori Jennings

Jane Woods
Jane Woods

Jane Woods, the former Virginia secretary of health and human resources, has joined George Mason’s reorganized and renamed College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

Woods will serve in the position of liaison for state health policy and community development. The position will reside in the college’s new Department of Health Administration and Policy (HAP), where Woods will provide assistance in analyzing state policies and trends for various funded projects. She will also play a key leadership role in the university’s Washington Health Policy Institute (WHPI), a summer program that exposes students to all facets of the health policymaking process.

“We are excited that Jane has joined the university and will be bringing with her the knowledge and first-hand experience to help us navigate the proposal process for receiving state funds in the area of health services research,” says Shirley Travis, dean of CHHS.

“Jane’s expertise will directly benefit the university in the area of research grants, while also providing valuable insight to students considering the fields of health policy and administration.”

P.J. Maddox, HAP chair, adds, “Jane’s experience and insights will be invaluable to us in community planning and outreach to help ensure that our educational and research programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the region in the coming years.”

HAP was created in response to a recent university-commissioned health report calling for a targeted program to serve the needs of the Northern Virginia region for health services research, health-care technology innovation and health workforce development. The department houses innovative academic degree programs and certificates, preparing graduates for jobs in health policy, health administration, health information systems and assisted living administration.

A new MS degree in Electronic Medical Records and PhD in Health Services Research and Policy are expected to be added in the next year.

Woods is no stranger to the university and has been a guest lecturer in graduate health policy and administration courses.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with the faculty at George Mason University on some innovative projects that will underscore how the university is setting the pace in the health and human services arena,” she says. “This role will be both an academic and a service opportunity to assist the Northern Virginia region in meeting the myriad needs of our residents.”

Prior to serving as secretary of health and human resources for Virginia, Woods completed an eight-year term as a member of the Virginia Senate and a four-year term as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Woods has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named Virginia Leader in Health Care and twice receiving the Virginia School Board Association’s Legislator of the Year award.

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