Art Kaufman, M.D., chair of the UNM School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, has been appointed by the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Paul Roth as the Health Sciences Center 's first Vice President for Community Health.

"The overriding goal of this new office will be to measurably improve the health of all New Mexicans," said Roth in making the announcement. "Some of the key objectives will be reducing health disparities, increasing community capacity to address local health problems, and working to help all New Mexicans achieve a ‘medical home.'"

"Dr. Kaufman is world renowned in innovative education, primary care, rural health and institutional change strategies," added Roth. "He has helped UNM achieve high national rankings in Rural Medicine, Family Medicine and Primary Care and has worked with the World Health Organization in helping academic health centers, mostly in developing countries, become more effective in improving community health."

As Vice President for Community Health, Kaufman will be working with university and community partners to identify community needs and priorities and help align UNM Health Sciences Center resources to address them. An effort will be made to inform communities about the exceptional resources and expertise at the Health Sciences Center and to facilitate institutional-community interaction and partnerships.

"I'm honored to be offered this opportunity to serve New Mexicans in a broader capacity," said Kaufman. "I've learned to listen to the community's voice and be guided by their wisdom. I want to ensure that community priorities are heard by our institution and that they inform our decision-making. Our commitment to communities, whether in the area of education, research, service or policy must not be limited to a grant cycle. We will be with them for the long haul."


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322