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Health Care Policy Expert Joins UA Zuckerman College of Public Health

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Dan Derksen, MD

Dan Derksen, MD, has joined the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health as a professor and chair of the Public Health Policy and Management section.

After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Derksen, completed his family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he worked as a faculty member for 25 years.

In 2011 Governor Susana Martinez appointed Dr. Derksen Director, New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform where he submitted the state’s health insurance exchange establishment proposal funded by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for $34.3 million.

Dr. Derksen completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with U.S. Senator 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.”

After returning from Washington, D.C., Dr. Derksen was appointed president of the New Mexico Medical Society in 2009 and worked on medical homes legislation for the state’s Medicaid programs, which was signed into law (HB 710) in 2010. He currently serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Governmental Advocacy and the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council Section on Rural or Small Hospitals. He served as President of the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians (2000) and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (2003).

Since 1990 Dr. Derksen has been principal investigator of state, federal, contract and private foundation funding in excess of $48 million. His health services research interests include improving health care coverage for the uninsured, enhancing access to quality health care, reducing health disparities, and implementing coordinated, community and team-based health services for rural, underserved and vulnerable communities and populations.

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