Health Policy Expert Dr. Dan Derksen to Speak at Partners in Public Health Luncheon, April 27

Health policy expert Dan Derksen, MD, the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and professor of public health policy and management at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will be the guest speaker at the Partners in Public Health Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Dr. Derksen will share current health policy data at the state and federal levels and discuss the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.

As director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, Dr. Derksen oversees the state Office of Rural Health, the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program and the Navigator Consortium.

Dr. Derksen completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. He researched and drafted federal legislative provisions to improve the nation’s supply and distribution of the health workforce that were included in Title V of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.” 

As principal investigator of state, federal, private foundation and grants in excess of $50 million over his academic career, Dr. Derksen works to improve health insurance coverage and access to high-quality health care, emphasizing community-based service-learning models in rural areas

Tickets to the Partners in Public Health Luncheon are $35. To RSVP, please contact Denise Guerrero at dhguerrero@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-8921.

Proceeds from the event support the Boys’ Club, a bullying prevention program in Tucson local schools. Partners in Public Health (PIPH) is a group dedicated to supporting the mission of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: eradicating health disparities and promoting healthy people and communities. Partners in Public Health also focuses on supporting public health initiatives through advocacy, educational programming and outreach.

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: publichealth.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter)

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn)