Public Health New Mexico

Local News
8:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

New Computer System Skews NM Unemployment Claims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new computer system is skewing the data on unemployment claims in New Mexico.


The state's "fully integrated tax and claims system" launched Jan. 6. But because the switchover was done Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, those collecting unemployment were unable to re-certify or file new claims for unemployment from New Mexico during that time.


Because of the shutdown, the number of claims being reported to the federal government is way down.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Federal Reserve Says Farm Income May Drop In 2013

povertyOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Reserve says U.S. farm income could decline in 2013, but it depends upon whether the drought continues.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday that if drought conditions persist, prices of corn and other crops would remain volatile because of tight supply. But if normal weather conditions return, crop prices would decline and lead to lower farm incomes.

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Local News
12:48 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Group Hails NM On Providing Breakfasts At Schools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report released by a nonprofit organization gives New Mexico a top ranking for providing breakfasts to low-income students at schools.


The report by the Food Research and Action Center says 70 percent of low-income students in New Mexico who receive lunch also got breakfasts during the 2011-2012 school year.


That's up from about 64 percent the year before.


The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/Uvkv4q ) says the report's rankings are the first since a new state law took effect.

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Local News
9:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Economist Says Migration Keeps NM Jobless Rate Low

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An economist says one reason why New Mexico's unemployment rate is only 6.2 percent could be because some people leave the state to find work elsewhere.


University of New Mexico economist Lee Reynis says natural population growth and migration into the state increased the state's overall population in the 12 months ended last July.


But Reynis says that 7,500 more people moved out of the state than moved in during the same period.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

2013 Kids Count Report: NM 49th In Nation In Child Well-Being

A New Mexico children's advocacy group is hoping the latest statistics on child poverty rates, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency will spur action by the state Legislature.

Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children and others gathered at the state capitol Tuesday to release the annual New Mexico Kids Count report.

It shows 42 percent of New Mexico children now live in single-parent households and the state ranks last when it comes to the reading proficiency of fourth graders.

Overall, New Mexico is ranked 49th in child well-being.

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Local News
1:29 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Gov. Martinez Says Yes To Medicaid Expansion

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. 

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Public Health New Mexico
11:33 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Gov. Martinez Says Yes To Medicaid Expansion

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. 

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Local News
2:04 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Minimum Wage Increase Sought For Bernalillo County

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.

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Poverty and Public Health
3:39 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Mexico Tribes Grapple With Domestic Violence

Navajo child's artwork from vigil exhibit

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.  

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Local News
2:05 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Department Of Workforce Solutions To Unveil New Website

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."

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Las Cruces Clinic Gets $500,000 Grant

La Clinica de Familia in Las Cruces

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.

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Local News
10:35 am
Wed December 19, 2012

N.M. Still Struggles With Teen Pregnancy

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.

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Local News
10:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NMSU Launches Obesity Study Of Students And Employees

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.

Public Health New Mexico
11:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Tribal Leaders Worry About Future Of Medicaid

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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