Research and Development (R&D) in Federal Health

June 20, 2024 | Chapter Event

June 20, 5:30pm, EDT - 9:30pm, EDT

LMI Building, 7940 Jones Branch Dr. Tysons, VA 22102


5:30 - 6:15pm - Networking

6:15 - 6:30pm - Welcome & Announcements

6:30 - 7:30pm - Program

7:30 - 9:30pm - Networking


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CDR Michael Banyas

Senior Officer at U.S. Public Health Service and a Health Specialist in the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Commander Michael Banyas is a Senior Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Health Specialist in the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD). The mission of NIMHD is to lead the nation’s scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. In his role, he is the Program Director for NIMHD’s SBIR/STTR program and oversees an award budget of almost $20.5 million and over 100 awardees. CDR Banyas specializes in underserved health care and public health systems with a focus on implementation science. Previously, he served as Public Health Analyst in NIH’s All of Us Research Program, where he led the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Pilot Project and Co Led the Tribal Engagement Strategic, as well as operational process improvement.

Additionally, he served as a Project Officer in the Health Resources Services Administration for FQHCs and as the Communications Lead for the Office of Health IT and Quality. Additionally, he served as a Fellow on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s Health Policy subcommittee and has worked in three academic medical centers. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, a Masters in Public Administration in Health Management and Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, graduate work in health informatics from Columbia University, and a Masters of Arts at the U.S. Naval War College. As a UVM political science student, he was able to grow his interests and career experiences in how politics and policy affect each other, utilize political theory for philosophically analyzing problems, and explore political and historical areas, ranging from African security issues to Vermont town halls politics. His UVM political science and liberal arts education were invaluable in helping him develop critical thinking for policy formation and analysis, augment his ability to connect theory and policy to present and future political situations, and understand how to align interests with objectives. These skills sets have been invaluable in furthering his work in variety of health policy and political settings at state and Federal levels.