Valdez, Alaska is one of the most beautiful, yet isolated cities in the United States. Despite its location, Dr. John Cullen practices at a critical access hospital providing high-quality, full service medicine to the Valdez community. Join us as Dr. Cullen, former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, explains the challenges of rural healthcare, his experience in health policy, and the lessons he has learned throughout his work.
John Cullen, MD, outgoing president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), practices full scope family medicine in the frontier community of Valdez, Alaska. He has been delivering babies and caring for families there for 26 years.
He has served on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, where he toured the country, evaluating critical access hospitals and rural health systems, and served on the Alaska State Medical Board before being elected to the AAFP Board of Directors.
As president of the AAFP, Dr. Cullen represented over 134,000 family physicians, residents, and medical students. The AAFP is a strong advocate for the reduction of racial and geographic disparities in maternal and infant mortality.
Completing his term with the AAFP in 2020, Dr. Cullen continues to advocate for rural and maternal health as a faculty member with the Institute for Health Improvement and with task forces through CMS such as Rural OB Readiness.
John Cullen is as comfortable delivering babies in his small frontier town as he is delivering talks on health care policy on Capitol Hill. He enjoys speaking and advocating for patients on the national stage almost as much as he enjoys his adventurous life with his wife Michelle Cullen over the past 30 years.
This event is part of a series hosted by the Stanford Rural Engagement Network, a collaboration of The Bill Lane Center for the American West and Haas Center for Public Service. To stay informed of Stanford’s efforts to deepen engagement with domestic rural communities, sign up here.