SOM Establishes Institute for Public Health

A new Institute for Public Health, the first in the state and designed to reduce disparities in care and improve the health status for all New Mexicans, has been established within the UNM School of Medicine (SOM).

"Our legislators and public health workers need the best data available in order to make important healthcare decisions for all New Mexicans," said Dr. Paul Roth, SOM dean and HSC associate vice president for clinical affairs, in announcing the creation of the new institute. "By building internal and external partnerships with others, we can address public health issues more effectively, prioritize health needs of communities in New Mexico, and implement relevant educational and prevention programs."

"The institute will focus on two distinct, but complementary goals," said Roth. "It will promote and sustain independent, innovative research, training and demonstration programs¬ómany in collaboration with the private health care system and community-based organizations. It will also serve as a partner with government to support its role in health assessment and assurance."

Roth said that William Wiese, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed as interim director for the Institute. Wiese is a former professor emeritus with the SOM's Department Family and Community Medicine. He was the director of the Public Health Division in the N.M. Department of Health from 1997-1999, and obtained his M.D. and M.P.H from Harvard University.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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