Health Care

LAVNS Kicks Off Annual Daffodil Fundraiser

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses is accepting pre-orders for its ‘Daffodils For Hospice’ sale. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) Hospice Program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Feb. 27. Proceeds from the sale support the LAVNS Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Individual bunches (10 stems) can be ordered for $5 each or buy three bunches for $15 and receive a free vase (while supplies last).

With a $10 minimum purchase, LAVNS is offering free delivery March 5-6 in Los Read More

Information: Chronic Disease Self-Management Feb. 11

NMSU News:

An informational meeting will take place for those interested in a workshop for Chronic Disease Self-Management.

The meeting is 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Classes are 1:30-4 p.m., Feb. 18, 24 and March 2, 9, 16 and 24.

The free skills program is designed to help those with chronic issues like; diabetes, arthritis, pain, asthma, high blood pressure or heart disease. 

Skill topics include:

  • Decision-making;
  • Better breathing;
  • Positive thinking;
  • Goal-setting;
  • Problem-solving;
  • Healthy eating; and
  • More.

Space is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration Read More

New Mexico Health Dept. Ranks High In National Report

Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is now one of 25 states and the District of Columbia named high performers in the Trust for America’s Health annual report on public health emergency preparedness.

The news comes as NMDOH continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak originating in China.

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health asks anyone returning to New Mexico from China to call its 24-hour hotline at 505.827.0006 Read More

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Cut Prescription Drug Costs

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 1, authorizing the state’s pursuit of the importation of lower-cost wholesale prescription drugs from Canada, passed the Senate unanimously:

“Too many New Mexico families can’t afford medication. Too many families either skip filling their prescriptions or ration the medicine they have. This is unacceptable. And so I am thrilled that we are one step closer to meaningfully cutting prescription drug costs for New Mexico families. 

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Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Welcomes Co-Medical Directors Dr. Patrick Martin And Dr. Stephanie Lucero

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS), at 109 Central Park Square welcomes new Co-Medical Directors Dr. Patrick Martin and Dr. Stephanie Lucero. Dr. Martin works in the emergency room at Los Alamos Medical Center and Dr. Lucero operates her own practice in Pojoaque. Dr. Martin started working at LAVNS in July 2019 and Dr. Lucero joined the LAVNS team in January. ‘I’m excited and thrilled,’ Dr. Lucero said. ‘I’m honored.’ Dr. Martin added, ‘I just think it’s great to be involved in Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, Los Alamos Visiting Read More

Las Cumbres Community Services: Finding Family Partners To Assist With Your Young Child’s Development

Free infant development screenings are available through ​Las Cumbres Community Services’ Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program. Courtesy/Las Cumbres


All new parents find themselves questioning if their child is developing at an optimal pace and in line with other infants their age.

Questions like; “Why hasn’t she rolled over yet? or why isn’t he talking yet?” are very common in the first three years of a child’s life. Oftentimes a delay is identified at birth through the diagnosis of a specific condition, or a newborn may experience a delay as a result of significant prematurity, Read More

Del Norte Credit Union Donates $1,000 To Southwest Care Center Of New Mexico As Result Of 2019 Movember Challenge

Southwest CARE Center Chief Executive Officer Jeff Thomas, left, receives a $1,000 donation from DNCU presented by DNCU Executive Administrator Brian Lee Gonzales. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU Executive Administrator Brian Lee Gonzales won the Movember Challenge and selected Southwest Care Center of New Mexico as he charity to receive a donation from DNCU. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU News:

  • The credit union challenged team members to shave for a good cause and bring awareness to men’s health issues

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has presented a $1,000 Read More

LAMC Cardiac-Rehab Program Assists Those With Heart Disease

Los Alamos Medical Center at 3917 West Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAMC News:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. claiming more than 500,000 lives in this country annually.

An additional 1,500,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, often striking individuals in their most productive years. Pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in this nation.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly 2 million Americans and asthma more than 12 million. Preventive and rehabilitative care reduces the need for hospitalization and improves Read More

Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Body-Connection For Wellness, Part 2

Los Alamos

In Part 1, last week, we reviewed the benefits of being connected in mind and body.

This week I’m going to give an exercise to you which will increase your connection with your body. It is so simple you may feel inclined to skip over it, but the simple things are sometimes the most profound.

There are ways to connect safely and lovingly with all aspects of ourselves, but any particular way may not work for a given individual. So, here’s an experiment. Please feel free to adapt it to your needs.

Get a small item with an interesting texture. I happen to like rocks about Read More

United States Supreme Court Lifts Stay On Public Charge Rule: Implementation Will Impact People With Disabilities


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Arc is deeply troubled at the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the Administration’s request for a stay of the nationwide injunction on the discriminatory public charge rule, allowing the implementation of the rule to move forward.

The public charge rule will have a dire impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by allowing the federal government to deny admission into the U.S. based on a person’s disability and the use of vital programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing Read More