Calkins named new director of Outreach Health Initiatives

December 10, 2008

Penn State Outreach has named Chris Calkins as its new director of Outreach Health Initiatives. In his new role, Calkins will work to expand health initiatives already under way in Penn State Outreach and identify opportunities to increase outreach participation in teaching, research and outreach efforts related to health across the University.

Calkins joins Outreach after three years as clinical liaison officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC) where he led the development of collaborative programs between PSHMC and other health care providers across the state.

Immediately prior to taking the role at PSHMC, Calkins was director of Special Projects and executive assistant to the dean in the College of Health and Human Development. There, he focused on student initiatives, diversity and strategic plan development and community engagement.

Calkins says he looks forward to working with partners across the University and the Commonwealth who are involved in an extraordinary number and variety of health-related efforts. “Penn State is creating and applying new knowledge every day that impacts human health at every level; from the functioning of the cell to the functioning of health systems and across the life-span from development in early childhood to successful aging,” he said.

Calkins received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in health policy and administration from Penn State and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, East Bay.


Last Updated March 19, 2009