The members make a commitment to volunteer on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. Projects completed during the past year include studies on the cardiovascular effects of secondhand smoke, nutrition standards for the federal school meals programs, prevention and control of viral hepatitis, strategies to reduce hypertension and sodium intake, and a major summit on integrative medicine.
Also this week, IOM announced that it has received a $2 million gift to establish the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fund and create an endowed executive officer position. IOM's current executive officer, Judy A. Salerno, will be the first to hold the position. The gift comes from Schaeffer, an IOM member and founding chairman/CEO WellPoint Inc., and his wife. The money will be used to support core expenses and program activities, such as the convening of studies, production of workshops, and communication of IOM?s findings and recommendations.