JUNEAU - Juneau's Alice Rarig has been appointed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a federal committee reviewing and updating designations of areas needing more health care professionals.
The 24-member committee includes representatives from 20 states and deals with the criteria for federally designated "medically underserved" and "health professional shortage" areas.
Rarig is planning team supervisor for the state's Department of Health and Social Service's Health Planning and Systems Development Section.
Rarig holds a doctorate in health policy and management from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst; a Master of Public Health from Yale; a Master of Arts from Yale in Soviet and East European Studies; and a Bachelor's Degree in Russian History and Literature from Harvard.
"Dr. Rarig's educational background, professional experience, and knowledge of rural, frontier and underserved communities will be great assets for the national committee," Alaska Office of Rural Health director Patricia Carr said.