Coleman Cutchins is a clinical pharmacist with the Alaska Department of Health. He had only been working for the state for about two months when the pandemic hit. Due to his background in the medical field, Cutchins was brought on board as part of the state’s public health leadership team on Covid-19.

Youth health reporter Jania Tumey spoke with Cutchins about his role as a public health official, when the vaccine might be available for children younger than 12, and his work combating the country’s opioid epidemic.

They spoke on May 26th, 2021.


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