Public Health New Mexico

Public Health New Mexico
2:43 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

DOE Secretary Talks WIPP In Carlsbad

Ernest Moniz in Carlsbad
Credit A still from the Town Hall video

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hosted a town hall meeting in Carlsbad last night to talk about recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. It's the nation's only underground nuclear waste storage facility, just 26 miles east of the town. WIPP has remained closed since the radiation leak in mid-February, and the cause of the leak remains unclear.

Secretary Moniz promised the crowd that WIPP will re-open, and members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation talked about their efforts to get WIPP the funds it needs to operate safely.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
10:10 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Mayor Berry, President Shelly Talk Homelessness In Window Rock

Credit Ed Williams-KUNM

 

 

  

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
2:14 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

James Boyd Shooting Footage Missing From IPRA Request

KUNM has joined up with the online news outlet New Mexico Compass to report on Albuquerque Police officer-involved shootings.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
5:19 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Detained Immigrants Advised To Self-Deport

Credit Kate Ter Haar via flickr

    

Lawyers representing women being held in the Artesia immigrant detention center in southern New Mexico are claiming the Honduran consulate is encouraging immigrants to forego legal counsel and consent to deportation.  The claims follow concerns voiced by legal and health advocates over access to due process among the detainees.

Read more
KUNM Call In Show
3:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Seeing Inside APD: Albuquerque Police And Public Records

Screenshot from the Albuquerque Police Department video of James Boyd seconds before he was shot by officers on March 16, 2014. Parts of the video went viral and were broadcast on stations across the nation. This screenshot is taken from one of KRQE-TV's online stories.
Credit Albuquerque Police Department

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/7 8a: This spring New Mexicans, and many people across the U.S., were shocked by a video that showed a homeless camper being shot by police who were trying to bring him out of the Albuquerque foothills. While the video sparked controversy over police tactics it also highlighted the ongoing tension between law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. 

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
6:07 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Doctor Contests Health Fears About Artesia Immigration Facility

A child receives an examination from a doctor in Mexico.
Credit World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr / Creative Commons License

There have been a number of reports that residents and officials are concerned that the surge of Central American immigrants who've crossed the U.S./Mexico border in recent weeks will have an impact on public health. A number of these immigrants are being held in a federal facility in Artesia in southern New Mexico. 

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
11:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Trinity Test Legacy And The Birth Of The Atomic Bomb

The cast of "Manhattan," a TV series that premiered on Monday
Credit WGN America

KUNM Call In Show Thur. 7/31 8 a.m.

July marked the 69th anniversary of the world's first detonation of an atomic bomb, in New Mexico. And on Monday, “Manhattan,” a fictional show about the scientists who made the bomb, premiered on WGN America.

We’ll be talking about this moment in U.S. history with an eye on how it affected New Mexicans. Did you know there were people living nearby when the Trinity test took place? What are the long-term effects of the Trinity test? What does it mean to us today that the first atomic bomb was detonated right here in our home state?

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
8:36 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Homeless Advocates Support Hate Crime Legislation

Credit Jena g. . Einar E. Kvaran aka 98.20.23.52 23:59, 1 June 2009, via Wikimedia Commons

Some homeless advocates are voicing support for legislation that would classify violence against homeless people as a hate crime. Supporters of the idea say the issue has taken on new urgency following the recent brutal murders of Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson as they slept in a lot in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness is the latest group to come out in support of enhanced sentences for those who attack homeless people. Other supporters include Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño and state Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
7:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Kirtland Fuel Clean Up Team Warms Some Skeptics

Tensions were initially high at Tuesday's Kirtland Air Force Citizen Advisory Board meeting, but that dissipated as discussion about cleaning up toxins from the jet fuel spill deepened.
Credit Rita Daniels

Kirtland Air Force Base 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.

The evening kicked off with a brief power point presentation as one of Kirtland’s project managers went over various clean up efforts.  Then the public was allowed to ask questions.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
5:55 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Deadline Approaching for State's Insurance Exchange

Credit @BeWellNM on Twitter

 

 

New Mexico is working to create its own online insurance exchange before the next open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act begins later this year. If the federal government doesn’t approve the state’s site, New Mexicans will be using the federal exchange for another year. 

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
8:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Sparks Protest In Albuquerque

Credit Ed Williams

      

The crowds on the street corner outside Hobby Lobby were mostly civil, though emotions were running high. 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 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

One protester, Natalie Hrizi, was busy passing around a petition to have congress revisit the issue.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
2:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino

Credit publik15 via Flickr

Dear Senators Bill O’Neill and Jerry Ortiz y Pino:

We at New Mexico In Depth were a bit confused - befuddled might be a better word - at your press release yesterday. It bears the title “Media Scrutiny Finally Gives Behavioral Health Debacle the Investigation Warranted” and begins with this line:

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:32 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tips for Avoiding Date Rape Drugs

Credit Dusty J via Compfight cc

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.

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
5:36 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Locals React To Supreme Court Contraception Ruling

Credit zacklur-Flickr

Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, 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.

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
5:27 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Poverty Increases Risk Of Diabetes, Prediabetes

A portion of the CDC's graphic breakdown of the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014.
Credit via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Diabetes is on the rise across the U.S. according to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One out of every eleven American adults has diabetes, or 9.3 percent, up one percent over the last three years.  That equates to more than three million new diabetics.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
11:03 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water

The Taos High team worked out of a lab at the middle school. From left: James Valerio, Anthony Archuleta, Andrea Chin-Lopez and Julia Johnson.
Credit Laura Tenorio

Young scientists from Taos High School won the top prize at eCYBERMISSION, a national army-sponsored contest that asks students to come up with real-world solutions to problems in their communities. 

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
2:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Overdose Drug Covered by Medicaid

Naloxone is also known by its brand name, Narcan. It's can be administered nasally or intravenously, according to Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health.
Credit PunchingJudy via Creative Commons

  New Mexico has the second-highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, according to the CDC. Now, a life-saving drug called naloxone is not only available by prescription, the cost of it is covered through Medicaid.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
2:28 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water

Taos High School Students (from left) Julia Johnson, Andrea Chin-Lopez, James Valerio and Anthony Archuleta
Credit Laura Tenoria

Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called eCYBERMISSION this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.

Students at Taos High have figured out how use crushed blue crab shells to create filters that remove antibiotics from water. They used the crustacean shells to create Chitosan, which is commonly used in agriculture, medicine and industry. 

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
1:59 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

KUNM Earns Two NMBA Awards For Excellence

Plaques presented to Deborah Martinez and KUNM by NMBA
Credit Deborah Martinez

KUNM's Public Health Reporter Deborah Martinez 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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
1:55 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

VA Town Hall on Saturday

Credit Veterans Health Administration

  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.

And more concerns are being raised by U.S. Rep. Michele Lujan Grisham following revelations that thousands of veterans were left in limbo by being assigned to a doctor who didn't actually see patients.

The New Mexico Democrat has asked for the results of an internal review of the New Mexico VA, but local officials have yet to comply.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
11:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

State To Pay, Certify Promotoras

Promotora Beronice Archuleta takes Bonnie Jo Skinner's blood pressure.
Credit Deborah Martinez

new law 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.  Health promoters – or promotoras – are helping homebound New Mexicans get the healthcare they need.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
2:18 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Local Advocates Fight for Incarcerated New Mothers

Credit Art by Nani Chacon courtesy of Young Women United

A local advocacy organization is looking at reforming the way the judicial system treats women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Young Women United traveled to Santa Fe last week to make four recommendations to the Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee. Among them, judges should acknowledge pregnancy and lactation status when determining the conditions of bond or release.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NM Seniors Not Hungry For Food Assistance

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Thirteen percent of seniors in New Mexico are under threat of not getting enough eat, according to an analysis of the most recent data by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
8:49 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill

Water Utility Authority board member Rey Garduño says if the Ridgecrest wells get contaminated, some of the city's purest water won't be usable.
Credit Rita Daniels

  About 75 people gathered last night in Albuquerque's southeast heights for a teach-in about the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel leak. 

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. 

Read more
KUNM Call In Show
6:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Will NM's Medical Marijuana Program Be Snuffed Out?

Credit Rusty Blazenhoff via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/22 8a:  New Mexico’s Department of Health has announced proposed rule changes to the state's medical marijuana program. The changes include increased fees for patients and for growers.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Solitary Confinement And Public Health

Credit my_southborough via Creative Commons

KUNM's Public Health correspondent Marisa Demarco recently completed a three part series on the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails.

A 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.  

Demarco explained to KUNM's Rita Daniels that some inmates were put in segregation for really long periods of time, over two years in one case.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
8:13 am
Wed May 7, 2014

AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity

The Santa Fe nonprofit Easter Seals El Mirador was cleared of Medicaid fraud on Tuesday by the Attorney General's Office.
Credit Bryant Furlow / New Mexico In Depth

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
3:49 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part 3

Credit e-MagineArt.com

Nataura Powdrell 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.

Then, he knew from experience, he would run through the 30-day supply of medication that the jail provides to exiting inmates. He would have a psychotic break. And he’d go find heroin so he could get comfortable with the voices in his head.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
11:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

DOJ Promises Change

Luis Salcedo (left) with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and Damon Martinez, U.S. attorney for New Mexico on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Alamosa Community Center.
Credit Marisa Demarco

  The Department of Justice held the first of three meetings Monday aiming to gather community input on Albuquerque’s police force.

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.

Read more
Public Health New Mexico
7:24 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Solitary Confinement in New Mexico: Part I

Piper Chapman in The Hole
Credit Screenshot from "Orange is the New Black"

The hole. That’s what they call it on television. It’s the mind-shattering pit fictional prisoners will do anything to avoid.

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.

Read more

Pages