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Christopher Wells

Christopher Wells

Christopher Wells serves as the national program manager for Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS). He has an extensive background in healthcare research and global health programs, as well as health policy and innovation. He uses that experience to lead TCHS’ research, which aims to empower Americans to optimize their health coverage and outcomes. Chris has published studies on infectious disease, childhood obesity, and mental health. He also has initiated successful public health projects focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, access to safe water, vector control, and workplace wellness.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Ethiopia from 2008 to 2011, Chris started his career as an epidemiologist for the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Arizona Department of Health Services. While there, he managed statistical and program evaluation services, and secured millions of dollars in federal grants to support the department’s work. He later served as senior technical advisor for The Carter Center, directing initiatives to eradicate neglected tropical diseases. This included a program in Ethiopia that led to a 100-percent reduction in Guinea Worm Disease cases, a landmark outcome.

Chris attended Arizona State University, Tulane University, and Johns Hopkins University, and holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in public health. He currently serves on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation in Los Angeles.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of people across the country, we are learning many Americans are avoiding routine medical care for fear of the virus. 

  Joining me to discuss this is Christopher Wells, from nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies. Welcome back, Christopher.

COVID-19 and the ensuing recession has been just so devastating for families across the country, as millions of Americans have lost their jobs—their health insurance—and in some cases both.

Now its been a few week since we’ve been able to connect due to the impact of Covid-19. And there have been quite a few challenges and disruptions to our lives especially when it comes to shopping and eating habits.

With numerous meat packing and poultry facilities being forced to shut down, folks are beginning to look at alternatives to the food they serve and consume.


As we track the continuing spread of COVID-19 across the country, we are becoming increasing aware of the number of COVID-19 cases in rural America.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in rural states like Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, and Idaho rise, more attention is now being focused on our rural health care system.