Deborah Martinez http://kunm.org en KUNM Earns Two NMBA Awards For Excellence http://kunm.org/post/kunm-earns-two-nmba-awards-excellence <p>KUNM's&nbsp;Public Health Reporter<a href="http://kunm.org/people/deborah-martinez"> Deborah Martinez</a> took first place in two news categories for large market radio stations at the annual New Mexico Broadcasters Association awards banquet last night in Albuquerque.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 19:59:13 +0000 Deborah Martinez 46327 at http://kunm.org KUNM Earns Two NMBA Awards For Excellence State To Pay, Certify Promotoras http://kunm.org/post/state-pay-certify-promotoras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&amp;LegType=B&amp;LegNo=58&amp;year=14" style="line-height: 1.5;">new law</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;aimed at paying community health workers will kick in this summer. These women and men provide health and social services to their neighbors and act as a vital link between time-strapped doctors and their patients. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:43:20 +0000 Deborah Martinez 46793 at http://kunm.org State To Pay, Certify Promotoras NM Seniors Not Hungry For Food Assistance http://kunm.org/post/nm-seniors-not-hungry-food-assistance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirteen percent of seniors in New Mexico&nbsp;</span>are under threat of not getting enough eat,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/227250217/State-of-Senior-Hunger-in-America-2012"> an analysis</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the most recent data by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.</span></p><p>But a lot of eligible seniors here are not signing up for food assistance, and that could mean $30 million worth of benefits are going unclaimed.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:35:09 +0000 Deborah Martinez 45919 at http://kunm.org NM Seniors Not Hungry For Food Assistance Will NM's Medical Marijuana Program Be Snuffed Out? http://kunm.org/post/will-nms-medical-marijuana-program-be-snuffed-out <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/22 8a: &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico’s Department of Health has announced&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nmhealth.org/publication/view/regulation/168/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposed rule changes</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to the state's medical marijuana program. The changes include increased fees for patients and for growers.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:54:32 +0000 Deborah Martinez 45430 at http://kunm.org Will NM's Medical Marijuana Program Be Snuffed Out? APD's Mental Health Quandry http://kunm.org/post/apds-mental-health-quandry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/17&nbsp;</span>8a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Albuquerque Police Department recently made national headlines for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/james-boyd-killed-by-cops_n_5021117.html">shooting of a man</a> in the&nbsp;Sandia&nbsp;foothills who was mentally ill</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:42 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43859 at http://kunm.org APD's Mental Health Quandry Is Illegal Sewage Dumping Contaminating New Mexico's Drinking Water? http://kunm.org/post/illegal-sewage-dumping-contaminating-new-mexicos-drinking-water <p><em>Editor's Note: This story has been taken down as it contained text from a Farmington <a href="http://www.daily-times.com/News/ci_25508966/San-Juan-Watershed-Group-study">Daily Times article</a> on the same topic without proper attribution. We strive for proper attribution in our reporting and will post the KUNM News Reporting Guide when it is completed which will include details on our newsroom ethics and practices. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Questions? Please contact News Director Elaine </span>Baumgartel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> - elaineb@kunm.org</span></em></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:13:31 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43545 at http://kunm.org New ACA Numbers Show Surge In Enrollment http://kunm.org/post/new-aca-numbers-show-surge-enrollment <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; color: rgb(53, 28, 117); line-height: normal; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 1.5; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><font color="#000000" face="Rockwell" size="3">&nbsp;</font></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:11:46 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43455 at http://kunm.org New ACA Numbers Show Surge In Enrollment APD Chief Statement On Crisis Officer Contradicted http://kunm.org/post/apd-chief-statement-crisis-officer-contradicted <p>Contrary to initial reports from the Albuquerque Police Department, no&nbsp;Crisis Intervention Team officers trained to de-escalate situations involving people with behavioral health issues were called to the scene of a Sandia foothills standoff that ended in the death of a camper last month at the hands of police. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:18:02 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43403 at http://kunm.org APD Chief Statement On Crisis Officer Contradicted Hundreds Head To Santa Fe Health Care Event Ahead Of Deadline http://kunm.org/post/hundreds-head-santa-fe-health-care-event-ahead-deadline <p>Midnight Monday is the deadline to sign up for healthcare under the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/">Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp; Over the weekend in New Mexico people lined up to get covered, either through the insurance marketplace or Medicaid. &nbsp;</p><p>From those in their 60s to young people under 26 covered under their parents’ plan, hundreds stood in the bright spring sunshine sign up under<a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/LookingForAssistance/Field_Offices_1.aspx"> Medicaid</a>, or with one of four insurance plans.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43185 at http://kunm.org Hundreds Head To Santa Fe Health Care Event Ahead Of Deadline AZ Firm Cuts Pay For NM Behavioral Health Workers http://kunm.org/post/az-firm-cuts-pay-nm-behavioral-health-workers <p>One of the five Arizona companies that took over operations from New Mexico behavioral health providers last year is announcing salary reductions. &nbsp;The company says it had to cut pay because it was losing money.</p><p><a href="https://www.agavehealth.org">Agave</a> is a non-profit corporation formed in New Mexico by Southwest Behavioral Health of Arizona.&nbsp; Rather than imposing layoffs, CEO and President Jeff Jorde said the firm needs to cut salaries for its 350 employees by five percent, beginning next week.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:47:46 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43133 at http://kunm.org AZ Firm Cuts Pay For NM Behavioral Health Workers Parents of People With Mental Health Issues Fear Calling 9-1-1 http://kunm.org/post/parents-people-mental-health-issues-fear-calling-9-1-1 <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:00:35 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43083 at http://kunm.org Parents of People With Mental Health Issues Fear Calling 9-1-1 Homeless Group Calls for Homes, Not Handcuffs http://kunm.org/post/homeless-group-calls-homes-not-handcuffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>UPDATE: March 26, 2014</strong>—Hundreds marched Downtown last night to protest the Albuquerque Police Department's killing of a foothills camper on March 16. As the demonstration wound down, APD&nbsp;opened fire on a man on the Westside, who police say, fired shots at them first. The suspect <a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/374422/abqnewsseeker/apd-chief-suspect-in-hospital-after-officers-fire-at-him-2.html">died at the hospital</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:04:11 +0000 Deborah Martinez 43001 at http://kunm.org Homeless Group Calls for Homes, Not Handcuffs Was Crisis Officer Present When APD Shot Foothills Camper? http://kunm.org/post/was-crisis-officer-present-when-apd-shot-foothills-camper <p></p><p>When police interact with people facing mental health issues, they send an officer trained in crisis intervention to defuse a volatile situation. &nbsp;Those officers are key in preventing the kind of violence that ended in the death of a camper in the Sandia foothills last week.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:31:31 +0000 Deborah Martinez 42954 at http://kunm.org Was Crisis Officer Present When APD Shot Foothills Camper? State: Feds Wrong About Decline In Behavioral Health Services http://kunm.org/post/state-feds-wrong-about-decline-behavioral-health-services <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico’s Human Services Department says more consumers, not fewer, are receiving services since the </span><a href="http://nmindepth.com/2014/03/21/during-sunshine-week-a-focus-on-health-audit/" style="line-height: 1.5;">takeover</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last summer of a dozen behavioral health providers accused of fraud.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us">HSD</a>’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> response is contrary to the results of a progress report by a federal oversight agency.</span></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:42:51 +0000 Deborah Martinez 42797 at http://kunm.org State: Feds Wrong About Decline In Behavioral Health Services Water Fluoridation: Poison Or Positive Public Health Initiative? http://kunm.org/post/water-fluoridation-poison-or-positive-public-health-initiative <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">KUNM</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"> Call-In Show Thu. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:31:21 +0000 Deborah Martinez 42630 at http://kunm.org Water Fluoridation: Poison Or Positive Public Health Initiative? Insurers Vie For Low-Income Patient Data http://kunm.org/post/insurers-vie-low-income-patient-data <p>As the March 31<sup>st</sup> deadline looms for signing up for individual insurance under the <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov">Affordable Care Act</a>, insurance companies tried to obtain personal information in order to contact potential customers who were previously covered by a state plan. &nbsp;But&nbsp;state officials would not release the information.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:15:15 +0000 Deborah Martinez 42282 at http://kunm.org Insurers Vie For Low-Income Patient Data Funding For Developmental Disability Services Still Stalled http://kunm.org/post/funding-developmental-disability-services-still-stalled <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of people with </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">developmental disabilities</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in New Mexico have been waiting to receive the full spectrum of services available through a government program,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">some for more than 10 years</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;The Tatz&nbsp;family is inching towards that benchmark, as they and their kids grow older. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:27:33 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41723 at http://kunm.org Funding For Developmental Disability Services Still Stalled Preschool Obesity Rates Drop Nationally http://kunm.org/post/preschool-obesity-rates-drop-nationally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Young children are beginning to show signs of lower obesity rates – 43 percent over ten years, according to a new Centers for Disease Control </span><a href="https://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832542" style="line-height: 1.5;">Study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:44:24 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41838 at http://kunm.org Preschool Obesity Rates Drop Nationally What Is Public Health? http://kunm.org/post/what-public-health <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/20&nbsp;8a:</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What is public health? &nbsp;Maybe the term makes you think of vaccinations or controlling and preventing diseases like diabetes and influenza. &nbsp;But the field is much larger</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;than that. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Call&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">277-5866 in Albuquerque or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:33:29 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41338 at http://kunm.org What Is Public Health? Bill Would Expand PE To Include JROTC, Other Activities http://kunm.org/post/bill-would-expand-pe-include-jrotc-other-activities <p></p><p><i style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">UPDATE Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10:59 p.m.: SB 122 passed the House and Senate.</i></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:30:53 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41254 at http://kunm.org Bill Would Expand PE To Include JROTC, Other Activities Lawmakers Advance Ban On E-Cigarette Sales To Minors http://kunm.org/post/lawmakers-advance-ban-e-cigarette-sales-minors <p><em><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:10 a.m.: This measure was approved by the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday evening that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:42:16 +0000 Deborah Martinez 41026 at http://kunm.org 2014 Legislature: So Little Time, So Many Public Health Bills http://kunm.org/post/2014-legislature-so-little-time-so-many-public-health-bills <p></p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:33:00 +0000 Deborah Martinez 40571 at http://kunm.org 2014 Legislature: So Little Time, So Many Public Health Bills Why Aren't More New Mexicans Enrolled In Medicaid? http://kunm.org/post/why-arent-more-new-mexicans-enrolled-medicaid <div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: none; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" proper Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:47:23 +0000 Deborah Martinez 40383 at http://kunm.org Why Aren't More New Mexicans Enrolled In Medicaid? OptumHealth: Martinez Administration Knew Of Potential Fraud In 2009 http://kunm.org/post/optumhealth-martinez-administration-knew-potential-fraud-2009 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A company that oversaw $135 million worth of Medicaid services in New Mexico told a legislative committee Monday that it had been sounding alarms long before payments were frozen to 15 behavioral health providers after an audit last year; however,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lawmakers&nbsp; pointed out that doesn’t square with </span>Optum<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s own consistently high audit scores for those firms.</span></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:10:46 +0000 Deborah Martinez 40338 at http://kunm.org OptumHealth: Martinez Administration Knew Of Potential Fraud In 2009 Most NM Enrollees Eligible For Health Insurance Discounts http://kunm.org/post/most-nm-enrollees-eligible-health-insurance-discounts <p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:42:45 +0000 Deborah Martinez 40126 at http://kunm.org Most NM Enrollees Eligible For Health Insurance Discounts Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare http://kunm.org/post/free-app-enrolls-new-mexicans-obamacare <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Medical residents at </span>UNM<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;created a free app to help New Mexicans get hooked into health care.</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:54:16 +0000 Deborah Martinez & Marisa Demarco 39099 at http://kunm.org Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare Should NM Legislature Tax, Regulate E-Cigarettes? http://kunm.org/post/should-nm-legislature-tax-regulate-e-cigarettes <p>E-cigarettes – those pen-like nicotine dispensers people inhale without the smoke – are posing challenges for governments trying to reduce the number of people who take up smoking. &nbsp;Today a Legislative panel that oversees spending of a tobacco-settlement fund discussed whether to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as the traditional kind.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:38:05 +0000 Deborah Martinez 37942 at http://kunm.org Should NM Legislature Tax, Regulate E-Cigarettes? Vaccinations Survey Reveals Personal Reasons For Exemptions http://kunm.org/post/vaccinations-survey-reveals-personal-reasons-exemptions <p>Most parents asking for an exemption to mandatory vaccinations in New Mexico schools were anglo, according to a survey done by the state Department of Health.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20131118-VaccineExemptionSurvey-EN.pdf">survey</a> reveals details behind the exemptions.&nbsp;</p><p>Most New Mexico parents cited religious beliefs in order to get an exemption for a child, believing it’s better to develop immunity to diseases naturally by contracting the illness.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:00:44 +0000 Deborah Martinez 37895 at http://kunm.org Vaccinations Survey Reveals Personal Reasons For Exemptions Judge To Hear Behavioral Health Audit Lawsuits This Week http://kunm.org/post/judge-hear-behavioral-health-audit-lawsuits-week <p></p><p>The audit that led the Martinez administration to freeze Medicaid funding for more than a dozen behavioral health non-profits in New Mexico is at the center of a hearing Tuesday in Santa Fe. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:40:40 +0000 Deborah Martinez 37853 at http://kunm.org Judge To Hear Behavioral Health Audit Lawsuits This Week Whooping Cough Cases Prompt Officials To Push Vaccinations http://kunm.org/post/whooping-cough-cases-prompt-officials-push-vaccinations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials are urging parents to get their teenagers immunized in the wake of a whooping cough outbreak at a northeast Albuquerque high school.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if teens had the </span>pertussis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vaccination early on, they need to get boosters to prevent infection and transmission of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/outbreaks/guide/">highly contagious illness.</a></span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:20:48 +0000 Deborah Martinez 37620 at http://kunm.org Whooping Cough Cases Prompt Officials To Push Vaccinations