Public Health New Mexico http://kunm.org en New Mexico Lawyers Decry Expedited Deportations http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-lawyers-decry-expedited-deportations <p>Some New Mexico immigration lawyers are speaking out in opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to expedite deportation proceedings for Central American women and children, some of whom are being detained in Artesia in southern New Mexico. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:57:28 +0000 Ed Williams 48542 at http://kunm.org New Mexico Lawyers Decry Expedited Deportations Marchers Honor Homeless Murder Victims, Call For Justice http://kunm.org/post/marchers-honor-homeless-murder-victims-call-justice <p>People gathered at the Albuquerque Indian Center Friday morning to remember two homeless men who were beaten to death as they slept in a park last week.</p><p>Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson were both Native American, and their murders have drawn attention to ongoing violence against Native Americans in New Mexico.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Around 150 people marched silently down East Central Avenue carrying signs that read “stop the violence,” “end racism,” and “pray for homeless natives.”</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:44:56 +0000 Ed Williams 48541 at http://kunm.org Marchers Honor Homeless Murder Victims, Call For Justice Inhabited Desert: The Untold Story Of The Trinity Test http://kunm.org/post/inhabited-desert-untold-story-trinity-test <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:01:26 +0000 Marisa Demarco 48426 at http://kunm.org Inhabited Desert: The Untold Story Of The Trinity Test New Kirtland Fuel Clean Up Team Warms Some Skeptics http://kunm.org/post/new-kirtland-fuel-clean-team-warms-some-skeptics <p></p><p>Kirtland Air Force held their quarterly Citizen Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday to talk about cleaning up the fuel spill threatening Albuquerque's drinking water supply. People learned they may see more action in the coming months than they have over the past 15 years.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The evening kicked off with a brief power point presentation as one of </span>Kirtland’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> project managers went over various clean up efforts.&nbsp; Then the public was allowed to ask questions.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:57:24 +0000 Rita Daniels 48445 at http://kunm.org New Kirtland Fuel Clean Up Team Warms Some Skeptics Immigrants Tell Advocates They Lack Access To Medical Care, Legal Services In Artesia http://kunm.org/post/immigrants-tell-advocates-they-lack-access-medical-care-legal-services-artesia <p>Members of a legal working group who visited the f<a href="http://www.fletc.gov/">ederal immigrant detention center in Artesia </a>&nbsp;say some of the women and young children housed there are reporting a lack of access to medical care and legal counsel. Tannia Esparza, executive director of the advocacy group <a href="http://www.youngwomenunited.org/">Young Women United</a>, was a member of the group that visited the detention facility.</p><p></p><p>“At first glance the facility seems to be in working order,” Esparza said. “But the women told us the conditions are not adequate.”</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:48:10 +0000 Ed Williams 48444 at http://kunm.org Immigrants Tell Advocates They Lack Access To Medical Care, Legal Services In Artesia Santa Fe Hospital Workers Prepared To Strike http://kunm.org/post/santa-fe-hospital-workers-prepared-strike <p>Nurses and medical technicians at Santa Fe’s only general hospital are contemplating a strike after contract negotiations with hospital administrators stalled.</p><p>Workers&nbsp;overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer Sunday by Christus St. Vincent that contained nine percent pay raises over three years, saying the offer would leave the hospital understaffed.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:59:50 +0000 Ed Williams 48330 at http://kunm.org Santa Fe Hospital Workers Prepared To Strike Supreme Court Decision On Contraception In Hobby Lobby Case http://kunm.org/post/supreme-court-decision-contraception-hobby-lobby-case <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/17 8a:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court decided last month to strike down part of the Affordable Care Act’s </span><a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2013/september/03/faq-on-individual-insurance-mandate-aca.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">mandate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for employer-provided contraception coverage.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:19:11 +0000 Ed Williams 48074 at http://kunm.org Supreme Court Decision On Contraception In Hobby Lobby Case Deadline Approaching for State's Insurance Exchange http://kunm.org/post/deadline-approaching-states-insurance-exchange <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:55:41 +0000 Ed Williams 48014 at http://kunm.org Deadline Approaching for State's Insurance Exchange Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Sparks Protest In Albuquerque http://kunm.org/post/supreme-courts-hobby-lobby-ruling-sparks-protest-albuquerque <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The crowds on the street corner outside Hobby Lobby were mostly civil, though emotions were running high.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several dozen men and women waved signs at oncoming traffic calling for a boycott of the craft store and decrying the Supreme Court’s decision in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Burwell v. Hobby Lobby</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:40:19 +0000 Ed Williams 47671 at http://kunm.org Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Sparks Protest In Albuquerque NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino http://kunm.org/post/nmindepth-open-letter-sens-oneill-and-ortiz-y-pino <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Dear Senators Bill O’Neill and Jerry Ortiz y Pino:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:53:19 +0000 Trip Jennings & New Mexico In Depth 47514 at http://kunm.org NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino Tips for Avoiding Date Rape Drugs http://kunm.org/post/tips-avoiding-date-rape-drugs <p>Reports of drug-facilitated sexual assaults are on the rise in Albuquerque. People who work with victims aren’t sure whether that’s because date rape drugs are being used more often or people are more aware of them.</p><p>Gail Starr is the clinical coordinator for SANE, a collaborative of medical professionals that helps victims of sexual assault. She said a variety of substances—including designer drugs—are being used these days. “There are so many drugs that we as nurses, we’re not focused on exactly what drug. The law enforcement can worry about that,” she said.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:32:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47358 at http://kunm.org Tips for Avoiding Date Rape Drugs Locals React To Supreme Court Contraception Ruling http://kunm.org/post/locals-react-supreme-court-contraception-ruling <p><em>Burwell</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> vs. Hobby Lobby</em>, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down part of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for employer-provided contraceptive coverage, is sparking both praise and condemnation here in New Mexico.</span></p><p></p><p>Local abortion rights groups are decrying the decision. Denicia Cadena is communications director at Young Women United, an advocacy group for women of color in New Mexico.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:36:23 +0000 Ed Williams 47375 at http://kunm.org Locals React To Supreme Court Contraception Ruling Taos Pueblo Wins National Prize For Health Efforts http://kunm.org/post/taos-pueblo-wins-national-prize-health-efforts <p>The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Taos Pueblo a prize Wednesday for outstanding and innovative efforts to improve health locally.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/culture-of-health-prize.html">The Culture of Health Prize</a> goes to six communities each year and the foundation says it included Taos Pueblo for its work drawing on cultural traditions to address modern health challenges.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:41:08 +0000 Ed Williams 47221 at http://kunm.org Taos Pueblo Wins National Prize For Health Efforts Poverty Increases Risk Of Diabetes, Prediabetes http://kunm.org/post/poverty-increases-risk-diabetes-prediabetes <p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/learn.htm" target="_blank">Diabetes</a> is on the rise across the U.S. according to a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:27:44 +0000 Kaveh Mowahed 47138 at http://kunm.org Poverty Increases Risk Of Diabetes, Prediabetes Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water http://kunm.org/post/students-win-thousands-clean-water <p>Young scientists from Taos High School won the top prize at <a href="https://www.ecybermission.com">eCYBERMISSION,</a> a national army-sponsored contest that asks students to come up with real-world solutions to problems in their communities.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ninth-graders in Taos figured out how to create inexpensive filters to remove antibiotics from drinking water. On Friday, June 20, they won $20,000 for their efforts, plus an additional $5,000 grant for the next phase of their work—implementation.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:03:32 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47017 at http://kunm.org Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid http://kunm.org/post/overdose-drug-covered-medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Mexico has the <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=NM">second-highest rate</a> of overdose deaths in the country, <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html">according to the CDC</a>. Now, a life-saving drug called naloxone is not only available by prescription, the cost of it is covered through Medicaid.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46864 at http://kunm.org Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water http://kunm.org/post/taos-high-students-filter-antibiotics-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called <a href="http://www.ecybermission.com">eCYBERMISSION</a> this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:28:27 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46704 at http://kunm.org Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water Public Speaks Up Regarding Medical Cannabis Regulations http://kunm.org/post/public-speaks-regarding-medical-cannabis-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On Monday the Department of Health will hear comments from the public on <a href="http://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/">proposed rule changes</a> to the state's medical marijuana program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month the agency published a hefty rewrite to the regulations that have been in place since 2010.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:53:02 +0000 Rita Daniels 46616 at http://kunm.org Public Speaks Up Regarding Medical Cannabis Regulations 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 VA Town Hall on Saturday http://kunm.org/post/va-town-hall-saturday <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have lots of questions for officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs health care system, but the answers have been few.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:55:02 +0000 Associated Press 46163 at http://kunm.org VA Town Hall on Saturday 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 Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers http://kunm.org/post/local-advocates-fight-incarcerated-new-mothers <p>A local advocacy organization is looking at reforming the way the judicial system treats women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.</p><p><a href="http://www.youngwomenunited.org">Young Women United</a> traveled to Santa Fe last week to make four recommendations to the <a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committee_detail.aspx?CommitteeCode=CJRS">Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee</a>. Among them, judges should acknowledge pregnancy and lactation status when determining the conditions of bond or release.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46066 at http://kunm.org Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers 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 Insurer To Acquire Lovelace Health Plan Customers http://kunm.org/post/insurer-acquire-lovelace-health-plan-customers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer is expanding.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced Wednesday it has obtained final regulatory approval for its acquisition of Lovelace Health Plan and Lovelace's Medicare Advantage contract.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:25:10 +0000 The Associated Press 45902 at http://kunm.org Insurer To Acquire Lovelace Health Plan Customers Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill http://kunm.org/post/advocacy-group-hosts-teach-kirtland-fuel-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 75 people gathered last night in Albuquerque's southeast heights for a teach-in about the </span>Kirtland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force Base jet fuel leak.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A panel of elected officials, scientists and environmental activists went over what is and what is not being done to clean up the plume of millions of gallons of contamination creeping towards the city's drinking water supply wells at a rate that has many people alarmed.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:49:40 +0000 Rita Daniels 45652 at http://kunm.org Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill 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? Solitary Confinement And Public Health http://kunm.org/post/solitary-confinement-and-public-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUNM's&nbsp;Public Health correspondent Marisa&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Demarco</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;recently completed a three part series on the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A</span>&nbsp;recent report co-authored by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico found the practice to be not only ineffective, but inhumane and expensive. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Rita Daniels 46127 at http://kunm.org Solitary Confinement And Public Health AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity http://kunm.org/post/ag-probe-raises-questions-about-health-audit-s-integrity <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Last year, the state’s Human Resources Department said an audit had helped find “credible allegations of fraud” against 15 New Mexico health organizations offering services such as drug addiction treatment and suicide counseling. Though HSD kept the audit secret — from the public and the organizations themselves — the department asserted the audit's findings justified suspending Medicaid funding for the organizations.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:13:24 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Trip Jennings 44896 at http://kunm.org AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part 3 http://kunm.org/post/solitary-confinement-new-mexico-part-3 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nataura</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Powdrell<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers one inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center who refused to take his meds. When the jail’s mental health staff tried to talk about it, he explained he didn’t want to become stable. Because then he’d be released from jail.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:49:01 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44875 at http://kunm.org Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part 3 Solitary in New Mexico: Part 2 http://kunm.org/post/solitary-new-mexico-part-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jan Green isn’t sure of cell </span>135C’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> exact dimensions at the Valencia County Detention Center. It was small.</span></p><p>“It was a shower stall, but I couldn’t use the shower,” she said. “It had the steel toilet and sink combination. It had a cement L-shaped bench and two drains. It had a steel door with a window that looked out into the walkway. “</p><p>She saw those objects every day all day during her months-long stints in solitary.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:17:59 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44813 at http://kunm.org Solitary in New Mexico: Part 2