New Health Secretary Brings Experience In Population Health, Course Focuses On Pandemic

Nov 20, 2020

University Showcase Friday, 11/20, 8a: On this episode we meet Dr. Tracie Collins, the women selected this month by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to be the new secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health. Collins has served as Dean of the UNM College of Population Health since 2019.

Dr. Collins steps in as the state is seeing an explosion of coronavirus cases that threaten to overwhelm the healthcare system. She brings an expertise in health disparities that have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. Collins says her interest in health care began when she was young. On this episode she talks about how those experiences shaped her career and how we can tackle the pandemic.

Also on this episode, we speak with Professor Chris Duvall, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. He is teaching a course on the pandemic, which he says offers a perfect teachable moment.