PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Dr. Michael Silverstein, director of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University and a professor at the University’s School of Public Health, has been appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The task force is an independent panel of experts that works to improve the health of people nationwide by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services and preventive medications.
Silverstein, a professor of health services, policy and practice who studies mental health services for children and families, is one of the nation’s leading pediatric health services researchers. He served previously as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from 2016 to 2020.
“Being a part of the task force has been the professional experience of a lifetime for me, and I'm thrilled to be returning as part of its leadership team,” Silverstein said. “The task force is dedicated to using evidence to improve the health of Americans and to addressing critical issues of health equity. I'm excited to help steer the task force's work in a way that maximizes its positive impact.”
Silverstein’s vice chair appointment was announced on Wednesday, March 15.
“I am happy to welcome Dr. Silverstein back to the task force as vice chair,” said Dr. Michael Barry, task force chair and director of the Informed Medical Decisions Program in the Health Decision Sciences Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. “His expertise in providing care to children, knowledge of evidence-based guidelines, and commitment to eliminating health inequities in vulnerable children and families will be valuable as we work to improve health and reduce disparities.”