New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services associate professor Sue Forster-Cox has been appointed to the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission (USMBHC) by President Barack Obama.
The bi-national presidential commission is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Health of the U.S. and Mexico. The goal of the commission is to provide international leadership to improve health and quality of live along the border.
“I am truly honored to have been selected to serve on the commission, representing New Mexico and our amazing border region,” said Forster-Cox, who teaches in the Department of Public Health Sciences. “It is an exciting opportunity to partner with border health leaders, to improve public health standards in border communities.”
The commission consists of presidential appointees and state health officials from each of the 10 border states. Forster-Cox joins other public health leaders to explore ways to improve access to health services, to prevent and manage the impact of infectious and chronic diseases and to promote research and policy development in the border region.
“The Department of Public Health Sciences is incredibly proud of Dr. Forster-Cox’s appointment,” said Mark Kittleson, public health sciences department head. “She epitomizes the university professor in her teaching, research and service activities. This appointment is crucial to helping the border improve its health and well-being. This appointment is another example of the commitment that Sue has to improve the health of the border.”
According to a U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission press release, President Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
Forster-Cox joined the NMSU faculty as an assistant professor in 2002 before moving into her current position in 2008.
For more information on the commission, visit www.borderhealth.org.
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