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Cross-cultural experiences have helped to define Dr. Dana Schultz Millen’s commitment to public health in its broadest context. During her formative years, she received her elementary and secondary education in Chicago, Illinois; Medellin, Colombia; and Accra, Ghana. Later, she was a community health developer for seven years serving rural impoverished communities throughout the southern part of New Mexico. Her commitment to women’s progress and equality helped her identify and empower key local leaders. Throughout her work, she engaged the spirit of citizens in their struggle to make their communities more livable.
For more than two years she was the project director for the establishment of a comprehensive Public Health Office in the Bernalillo County Detention Center. The office, which opened in 2004, was the first of its kind in the country. Dr. Millen later served as the education and outreach coordinator for the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign from 2003 to 2012. The campaign focused on creating a first-of-its-kind universal health care system for all New Mexicans that would also be compatible with the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Since July of 2012, Dr. Millen has served as the program manager of the New Mexico Department of Health’s state Colorectal Cancer Program. In this position, she has the opportunity to work as both a scholar and an agent of change to make a difference in the lives of those who are uninsured, underinsured, or have fallen through the cracks of the U.S. health care system.
Dr. Millen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Public Health degree from the Boston University School of Public Health. In October of 2010 Dana received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Public Policy & Social Issues and Ethical & Creative Leadership from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Millen’s dissertation is a groundbreaking study of activists in the New Mexico health reform social justice movement, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign. Dana plans to continue her research and writing on activism and social justice movement work.
Dr. Millen resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and son, and their Alaskan husky.