News Release

February 11, 2004

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

Gould to Chair National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, was recently appointed to a one-year term as chair of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration. The announcement was made by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. Dr. Gould will continue to serve as the chair of the council’s provider recruitment, retention and education committee, a position he’s held since 2002.

A long-time champion of underserved populations, Dr. Gould was instrumental in establishing the Migrant Farms Workers program at the UConn School of Medicine in 1998. Since that time the program has grown and is part of a collaboration of many organizations, all aimed at improving conditions for the 15,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers who pass through Connecticut annually.

In addition to his standing as associate dean, Dr. Gould is also the director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program at the UConn School of Medicine, a position he’s held since 1997 when the AHEC program was established to address access to, and quality of, health care delivered to the underserved in the state, and the medical director of the Saint Francis Hospital/ University of Connecticut Primary Care Center at the Burgdorf/Fleet Health Center in Hartford. He lives in West Simsbury.

The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health makes policy recommendations to the Secretary to help migrant health centers meet the primary health care needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers, as well as other health related matters that affect them and their families such as, occupational safety, housing conditions, dental and mental health services, substance abuse, and domestic and family violence, among others.

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