The World Health Organization defines health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease.” Using this definition, this panel focused on the well being of the population residing in the Rural West. This population is spread across vast distances, often has few options for care, and confronts greater obstacles to obtaining information. While health care spending in the US is nearly 1/5 of the gross national product, outcomes are not much better than in much of the developing world. Panelists discussed the major barriers and opportunities to provide and coordinate better health and better care in the Rural West at a fair cost.
Held March 24, 2017 at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM
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- Moderator: Phil Polakoff, MD, Stanford University, “Better Health Care for the Rural West”cue video bio
- Secretary Lynn Gallagher, State of New Mexico Department of Health, “The New Mexico Perspective”cue video bio
- Sally M. Davis, PhD, University of New Mexico, “Creating Healthier Communities in the Rural West”cue video bio
- Arthur Kaufman, MD, University of New Mexico, “Better Health for the Rural West: Lessons from New Mexico” cue video bio
Lynn Gallagher, secretary of the State of New Mexico Department of Health, and University of New Mexico professor Sally Davis detailed the success of New Mexico’s use of community health workers, specialized health care professionals who educate residents and promote healthy lifestyles through personal visits. Panelists also detailed the advantages of using teleconferencing technology to bridge geographical hurdles and partnerships involving citizens, nonprofit groups, government agencies and universities to reduce the risk of chronic disease for the inhabitants of Cuba, New Mexico.