Before an audience of students and faculty, media and community partners from regional health organizations, Salisbury University announced the creation of a new College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Set to launch fall 2018, the CCHS will be the largest academic unit on campus with nearly 2,200 students in three different schools. Interim Provost Karen Olmstead explained that the dramatic restructuring of academic programs reflects the growing importance of the fields and supports the workforce demands of the state and nation in trying to address the opioid epidemic, rapidly aging populations and distinct rural health care needs. She said it also will enhance opportunities for interprofessional collaboration among students, modeling team care in clinical settings. Dr. Kelly Fiala will serve as transitional dean for the college. Dr. Robert Joyner will lead the School of Health Sciences, Dr. Deborah Mathews the School of Social Work and Dr. Jeffrey Willey the School of Nursing.
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