David Satcher, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, and now Director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, will be visiting the UNM Health Sciences Center on Thursday to discuss how our nation's health can improve through new collaborations between medicine, public health and communities.

"Tackling intractable health problems can only be achieved by the collaboration of different health disciplines, different public and private community stakeholders, and different sectors of society a ‘Health Commons,'" said Arthur Kaufman, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

"We're proud of the innovations created by UNM, its partners and New Mexico communities to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations. We know that Dr. Satcher, with his unique national public health background, will also be able to provide a valuable perspective as he reviews our work," said Daniel Derksen, M.D., director of the UNM Center of Community Partnerships. "Participants in this lively dialogue will include the primary care safety net provider organizations in central New Mexico (Community Access and Community Voices Programs), our growing network of behavioral health and social service agencies (Coordinated Systems of Care), and private and public providers."

In the morning, Dr. Satcher will present a special Health Sciences Center Grand Rounds lecture, "Integrating Medicine and Public Health: Reducing Disparities, Improving Access and Enhancing Community Based Care," at in the College of Nursing & Pharmacy Building Auditorium. There will be a reception immediately following it where reporters may ask questions.  

In the afternoon at 2 p.m., there will be a tour with Dr. Satcher at the SE Heights Center for Family Health, 302 San Pablo SE, and then a discussion with community-based providers about the emerging "health commons" model which includes a "one stop stopping" concept of community-based healthcare services, including primary care, oral health, behavioral health, public health, and social services.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322