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November 16, 2015

Bonnie Chapman hired as Institute’s first Evaluation Director

Bonnie Chapman hired as Institute’s first Evaluation Director

Former Director of Quality at the SUNY Upstate Cancer Center to serve as Director of Evaluation and Innovation at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Bonnie_Chapman_webThe Senior Director of Research and Policy at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), Dr. Nick Armstrong, announced the appointment of Bonnie Chapman as the Institute’s new Director of Evaluation and Innovation. In this newly created role, Chapman will lead IVMF’s growing portfolio of program evaluation and performance measurement initiatives and contribute to future research efforts on veteran and military family health and wellness.

“We’re ecstatic to bring Bonnie on board,” said Dr. Armstrong. “She brings incredible expertise in program evaluation, epidemiology, and public health to further round out our research team’s capabilities. Evaluation, in particular, is an area we see critical to the Institute as our programs and services evolve and mature.”

“Across the community of veteran-serving organizations, we have witnessed increasing demand for data, and for tools and resources supporting objective program evaluation and assessment,” said Dr. Mike Haynie, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and IVMF Executive Director. “As a result, it became increasingly clear that the IVMF should make a strategic investment in this area, to expand our capability to deliver data-driven policy guidance and performance evaluation services to the community we serve. Bonnie brings both experience and leadership to this effort, and we’re confident that she will be a great asset to the team.”

Prior to joining the IVMF, Chapman was the Director of Quality for the SUNY Upstate Cancer Center, where she led quality initiatives for a dozen departments and tumor site programs. She managed and was responsible for all quality initiatives leading to multiple successful accreditations from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. In the course of successfully leading a team through a challenging transition and accreditation, her team was presented with the President’s Award for Clinical Team of the Year–Downtown Campus in 2015. Chapman also previously worked for the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology with a primary focus on research using large data sets from national studies. Her statistical modeling and analysis resulted in several publications on maternal occupation and birth defect outcomes.

“I am excited to join the team at IVMF,” said Chapman. “The opportunity to expand the Institute’s research and evaluation capabilities in ways that better serve our nation’s veterans and military families is a tremendous privilege.”

Chapman holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health degree with specialization in epidemiology from SUNY Albany. She is also licensed as a registered nurse.


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