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Public Health New Mexico

KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting project provides in-depth, investigative and continuous coverage of public health in New Mexico, with an emphasis on poverty. For all articles and web exclusive content, go to publichealthnm.org 

Gov. Martinez Says Yes To Medicaid Expansion

Jan 9, 2013

New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez has approved the expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Native American health advocates say the expansion will have a huge effect on one of the largest Native American populations in the nation.

Over 200,000 registered tribal members live in New Mexico - and with nearly 40% of that population lacking healthcare - it's estimated that over 25-thousand Native people in New Mexico will potentially be eligible for the program in 2014. 

Minimum Wage Increase Sought For Bernalillo County

Jan 8, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — If a Bernalillo County commissioner gets his way, the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county would increase to match the minimum wage now in effect in Albuquerque.

Commissioner Art De La Cruz says he plans later this month to propose raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas to $8.50 an hour later.

That's the rate now in effect in Albuquerque as a result of a voter-approved ordinance that raised the rate from $7.50 an hour.

New Mexico Tribes Grapple With Domestic Violence

Jan 2, 2013

Nationally, Native American women are more likely to be killed, raped, assaulted and stalked than any other women in the country, according to federal crime and health data.  What’s more, the offenders are both native and non-native. There’s been a breakdown in traditional practices, lack of funding for services and when it comes to non-natives, tribes don’t have the authority to arrest them on their own lands. A controversial law offered solutions but never made it through Congress in 2012.  

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions will unveil its new website on Jan. 6.


The new site will allow thousands of unemployed people to electronically track their claims.  It will also help thousands of employers manage their employment insurance taxes.

"We are modernizing all of our business processes," said Celina Bussey, secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions. "We are embracing technology."

Las Cruces Clinic Gets $500,000 Grant

Dec 20, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A health clinic in Las Cruces is getting a half-million-dollar grant to expand into the border community of Santa Teresa.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Wednesday that La Clinica de Familia will receive a two-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the Affordable Care Act.

N.M. Still Struggles With Teen Pregnancy

Dec 19, 2012

Using Department of Health vital statistics, a map created by the New Mexico Data Collaborative, shows that teen pregnancy in the Albuquerque South Valley is almost three times the national average.

NMSU Launches Obesity Study Of Students And Employees

Dec 18, 2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers have launched a study to examine obesity among NMSU students and employees.

Researchers recently developed an online survey aimed at finding out more on obesity and lifestyle factors of students and employees, especially in southern New Mexico. So far, the survey has found that 47 percent of NMSU and employee respondents self-reported as overweight or obese.

Tribal Leaders Worry About Future Of Medicaid

Dec 17, 2012

New Mexico has one of the largest Native American populations in the nation with over 200,000 registered tribal members and it’s estimated that nearly 40% lacks health insurance. New Mexico has announced it will build a state-run healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act. However, the state has yet to decide on whether to expand Medicaid, which could mean a lot of tribal members would suddenly have access to affordable healthcare.

Take Erik Lujan for example: At the age of 30, Lujan, a Taos Pueblo tribal member, began experiencing medical problems.

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