Public Health New Mexico http://kunm.org en 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 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 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 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 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 DOJ Promises Change http://kunm.org/post/doj-promises-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/APD.html">Department of Justice</a> held the first of three meetings Monday aiming to gather community input on Albuquerque’s police force.</p><p></p><p>People who showed up at the Westside’s Alamosa Community Center to give input last night were put off by the format of the meeting. It was not a public forum. Instead, commenters were given a number and then taken into a room where they spoke to DOJ employees as part of five-person focus groups.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:31:07 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44512 at http://kunm.org DOJ Promises Change Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part I http://kunm.org/post/solitary-confinement-new-mexico-part-i <p>The hole. That’s what they call it on television. It’s the mind-shattering pit fictional prisoners will do anything to avoid.</p><p>In real life, human rights advocates say New Mexico needs to cut back on using solitary confinement as a punishment method—especially for people coping with mental illnesses. Prison officials agree that it should be used less often, though most take issue with the way it’s portrayed in prison dramas.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:24:36 +0000 Marisa Demarco 44382 at http://kunm.org Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part I Chief Has Few Answers On Latest Police Shooting http://kunm.org/post/chief-has-few-answers-latest-police-shooting <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>UPDATE 4/23 1:45 p: Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old female who was suspected of truck theft, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:21:29 +0000 The Associated Press 44148 at http://kunm.org Chief Has Few Answers On Latest Police Shooting 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 Three POC Members Resign http://kunm.org/post/three-poc-members-resign <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission resigned yesterday, saying the commission lacks the ability to provide real oversight of the city’s police force.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:13 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43953 at http://kunm.org Three POC Members Resign County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. http://kunm.org/post/county-jail-largest-mental-health-provider-nm <p></p><p>Bernalillo County jail Chief Ramon Rustin’s resignation took effect Monday. After three years as the head of the largest jail in New Mexico, Rustin stepped down saying he needed to meet family obligations.&nbsp;</p><p>KUNM spoke with Rustin in February&nbsp;about mental health care at the Metropolitan Detention Center.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:12:26 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43597 at http://kunm.org County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. 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 Police Militarization And Mental Health Cutbacks http://kunm.org/post/police-militarization-and-mental-health-cutbacks <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Sun. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:51:03 +0000 Rashad Mahmood 43472 at http://kunm.org Police Militarization And Mental Health Cutbacks APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight http://kunm.org/post/apd-review-officer-discusses-police-oversight <p></p><p>Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer criticizes the city's Police Oversight Commission for failing to examine&nbsp;APD's&nbsp;overall policy on the use of force.</p><p>"The current commissioners have chosen not to use some of the powers they’ve already been given," she said in an interview with KUNM.&nbsp;"At no point in my 18 months has the Police Oversight Commission chosen to look at officer-involved shootings and to review what’s gone on."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:59:30 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43430 at http://kunm.org APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight 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 ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind http://kunm.org/post/aca-adviser-new-mexico-lags-behind <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for health care is Monday, March 31, and New Mexico lags behind just about every other state in the country in terms of enrollment.</span></p><p>Phil Schiliro is the adviser to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act. He moved his family to Santa Fe in 2012 and said enrollment is critical in New Mexico.</p><p>A study completed in 2012 showed more than 400,000 New Mexicans don’t have health insurance. Only about 15,000 have signed up on the exchange.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:50:55 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43065 at http://kunm.org ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind