Health Policy Forum

Johns Hopkins to host conversation with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

She will join Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie on May 5 to discuss strategies for leading on public health and policy issues

Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico, will join Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for a virtual conversation on Friday, May 5, as part of the Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum.

The discussion, which begins at noon, will cover topics including health policy solutions for New Mexico and beyond, as well as strategies for leading on public health and policy issues.

Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to tune in to the event; advance registration is required.

Lujan Grisham previously took part in the Bloomberg School's Bloomberg American Health Summit in Philadelphia in December, where she spoke about the role poverty and lack of access to education play in public health outcomes, as well as the importance of addressing maternal health needs and the role the environment plays in health.

"Gov. Lujan Grisham was tremendously engaging and insightful at the Bloomberg American Health Summit in December—we are thrilled to have a chance to continue that conversation and explore her ideas on health policy in even greater depth," MacKenzie said. "During her time in office, she has been a fierce advocate for solving public health problems with innovative and workable solutions. I look forward to discussing both progress and plans for building a healthier nation."

Lujan Grisham is the eighth expert to participate in the Health Policy Forum series, which launched in fall 2020 to highlight the university's engagement with key leaders on matters of health policy and health care. Previous events featured:

  • Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (October 2020)
  • Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (May 2021)
  • Robert M. Davis, CEO and president of Merck (October 2021)
  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (January 2022)
  • Atul Gawande, assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (April 2022)
  • Donna Shalala, former HHS secretary and member of Congress (June 2022)
  • Xavier Becerra, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (December 2022)

Lujan Grisham is the 32nd governor of New Mexico and the first Democratic Hispanic woman elected governor in U.S. history. As governor, she has implemented a series of evidence-based policies aimed at transforming New Mexico's public education system, expanding the state's economy to include more high-quality employment opportunities, and preserving the state's air, land, and water. A native of New Mexico, she represented her home state in Congress from 2013 to 2019 before becoming governor in January 2019. She was elected to a second term in November 2022.

The Health Policy Forum series is jointly hosted by Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, and School of Nursing along with Johns Hopkins Medicine.