Neil MacKinnon has been named director of the Rural Health Center at the University of Arizona College of Public Health.
MacKinnon, a Canadian, took the position this summer and immediately set to work absorbing information on the rural populations of Arizona and their health needs.
"Certainly it is a complex issue," MacKinnon says in an Arizona Illustrated interview. "Arizona actually has a lot of special challenges. For example, it has the second highest child poverty rate in rural areas of any state in the U.S., just after Mississippi. So about one-third of rural children in Arizona are in poverty."