Health Care

CDC Awarding $4,322,929 To New Mexico To Provide Critical Support For Community Efforts To Prevent Drug Overdose

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awarding funding ($279 million nationally) as part of CDC’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) initiative, designed to help New Mexico expand harm reduction strategies (e.g., naloxone and fentanyl test strips), provide people access to life-saving care, and make the latest data available so that the state can get ahead of the constantly evolving drug overdose crisis.   

“The drug overdose crisis in the United States is a constantly evolving, unwieldy, calculating presence that is claiming the lives of our parents, children, Read More

Make-A-Wish New Mexico Grants 108 Children Wishes

Make-A-Wish New Mexico News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Make-A-Wish New Mexico has announced that it was  able to grant 108 life-changing wishes in Fical Year 2023 ending Aug. 31.

These wishes were granted to children battling critical illnesses across New Mexico.

A wish is more than a singular moment in time, it provides the gift of hope to a child who is navigating a medical journey full of obstacles and challenges. When a wish comes true, it sparks joy and creates hope in a child, their family, and the community around them.

These wishes would not have been possible without the generosity of so many community Read More

MANNM Welcomes New Physician Assistants To The Team

Autumn Gonzales, PA-C


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico is welcoming Abby Midyette, PA-C, and Autumn Gonzales, PA-C, to the team.

Midyette and Gonzales will begin seeing patients Oct. 3.

Midyette graduated from Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s PA program. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University.

Gonzales graduated with a Master of Science from the University of St. Francis in Albuquerque. Previously, she received a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine.

Abbey Midyette, Read More

Buying Organic: The Dirty Dozen And Clean Fifteen

Los Alamos

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, right? They are an important source of fiber and nutrients, but there’s more to consider.

Throughout the country, chemicals are sprayed on fields to keep fruits and vegetables as pristine as they look in the store. The pesticides used to kill bugs and herbicides to kill weeds can remain on much of the produce even after you’ve brought them home and washed them. These toxic chemicals have an effect on your system once you eat the sprayed produce. Unless you are highly sensitive, you may not notice an immediate effect Read More

New Mexico Adult Protective Services Deputy Director Esperanza Lucero Receives 2023 Presidential Award

From left, award recipient Esperanza Lucero, Jeffrey Limbaugh, Joe Snyder, Jennifer Oakes and Jamie Saviano at the 2023 National Adult Protective Services Association Conference Aug. 29 in Boston, Mass. Courtesy/ ALTSD


  • Esperanza Lucero is first New Mexican to receive NAPSA award since 2007

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) has announced that Deputy Director of Adult Protective Services Esperanza Lucero has received a prestigious national award.

Lucero was presented with the President’s Award on Aug. 29 from the National Adult Protective Read More

LAMC Special Series Celebrates Employee Milestones


From Los Alamos Medical Center:

At Los Alamos Medical Center, we are blessed to have so many fantastic team members who are committed to our mission of making communities healthier and who live our core values each and every day.

The following is the first in a Q&A series highlighting several dedicated LAMC employees who have served our communities for decades. First up is Rosalie Maestas, Purchasing Agent in Materials Management, who has worked at our hospital for more than 52 years.

Question: Can you tell us a little bit about your first role when you first started at Los Alamos Read More

Leonard: No Time To Exercise? Try Rucking To Hit Goals

Doctor of Chiropractic
Los Alamos

For those of you who have been through basic military training, rucking is all too familiar and might bring back memories of terrible blisters.

For us civilians, rucking is defined simply as walking with a weighted backpack. Seems like a weird way to exercise right? What if I told you that rucking might be the easiest and fastest way to build strength and improve cardiovascular fitness for really busy people.

No more are the fancy gym memberships that you never have time to use. The icing on top, exceptional mental and social benefits. The best thing Read More

American National Red Cross On 30 Days Of Preparedness

American National Red Cross News:

September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to get prepared for disasters. Being prepared can reduce your family’s anxiety over what to do during emergencies and can increase your resiliency following a disaster.

Even though getting prepared can seem overwhelming, it is relatively easy to do once you break it down into smaller, more manageable activities.

If you tackle one task each day throughout the month, you’ll be prepared before you know it.

Small ways to get prepared every day in September:

September 1 – We are starting you off Read More

Heinrich Statement On Announcement Of First Prescription Drugs Subject To Medicare Negotiations, Lowering Prices For New Mexicans

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

An estimated 46,000 New Mexicans enrolled in Medicare Part D will save on prescription drugs thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after the Biden administration announced the first 10 prescription drugs that will be subject to Medicare price negotiations beginning in 2026.

This action was made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act, legislation Heinrich helped to negotiate and pass into law.   

“New Mexicans should never have to choose between Read More

Communities To Take Action On International Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31 To Stem Overdose Crisis

Vital Strategies News:

NEW YORK, NY — For International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) Aug. 31, public health organization Vital Strategies and hundreds of organizations and government agencies across the country are mounting community memorial events and rallying support for harm reduction services to stem the rising tide of overdose, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in each of the past two years.

“Aug. 31, Overdose Awareness Day, is an important time to honor the lives of family and friends who we have tragically lost to overdose, now the leading cause of death for people under 50 Read More

State Bar Of New Mexico Legal Resources For The Elderly Program Hosts Estate Planning, Probate, Institutional Medicaid Workshop Sept. 5

SBNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico State Bar Foundation’s Legal Resources for the Elderly Program is hosting a free workshop at 11 a.m., (MT), Sept. 5, that will be available via video and teleconference.

The virtual workshop will cover Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, probate, non-probate transfers (including Transfer on Death Deeds) and Institutional Medicaid.

To register for the webinar, New Mexico residents can call 505.797.6005 and provide their first and last name and email address or click here. 

After registering, you will get a confirmation email with information Read More

NM Delegation Welcomes Nearly $1.05 Million To Expand Developmental Screening For Children, Address Nurse Shortage In New Mexico

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) and Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) are announcing $1.05 Million in federal funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve New Mexicans’ access to quality, affordable healthcare, by growing the number of nurses in medical practices across the state and providing funding for increased screenings and follow-up services at two local community health centers for Read More

Mental Health Matters Returns To SALA In September


LAPS News:

Mental Health Matters – a collaborative series hosted by the LAPS Prevention Program, Los Alamos JJAB, the Los Alamos County Municipal Court, and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation – returns to SALA at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in September for suicide prevention month.

All events are free to the public. The first 25 students who bring an adult will receive a free popcorn and drink courtesy of their sponsors!

The goal of this series is to raise awareness and offer strategies to improve children, teens, and family mental health. 

The series kicks off Thursday, Read More

Today Is National Fentanyl Prevention And Awareness Day

DEA News:

Today, Aug. 21, 2023 is National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day.

DEA seized more than 58.3 million fentanyl-laced fake pills in 2022.

The DEA Laboratory has found that of the fake pills analyzed, six out of ten now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. 

To spread the word of prevention and awareness, DEA has launched two initiatives to shine a light on this deadly epidemic:

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DEA Recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention & Awareness Day With Extended Hours For Exhibit

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day by joining the dedicated voices who continue to raise awareness in an effort to prevent the fentanyl poisonings devastating families across the country.

Monday, Aug. 21 the DEA Museum will open with extended hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for public viewing of the Faces of Fentanyl exhibit, which commemorates lives lost by fentanyl.

DEA is proud to support the efforts of all the organizations working tirelessly to amplify and increase Read More

LANL TA-3 Power Plant NSR Permit Issued By NMED & More Added To LANL Electronic Public Reading Room

LANL News:

Per regulatory requirements, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)  announces new documents have been added to the Electronic Reading Room.

The document(s) have been submitted to fulfill one or more requirements of the Los Alamos National Laboratory:

Members of the public may view these documents and many others at LANL’s Electronic Public Reading Read More

Heinrich, Tester, Murray Urge FDA To Ensure Safer At-Home Disposal Policies For Prescription Opioids & Include Input From Tribal Communities

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON,  D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) led a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to conduct Tribal consultations and discussions with rural communities to incorporate their feedback prior to finalizing its policy on at-home disposal of prescription opioids.  

In April, the FDA issued a policy that Read More

DFA Announces $40 Million For New Mexico Regional Recreation Centers And Quality Of Life Grant

DFA News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announces the New Mexico Regional Recreation Centers and Quality of Life Grant. During the 2023 Legislative Session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation appropriating $40 Million for projects statewide to plan, design, furnish, equip, and construct regional recreational projects that contribute to the quality of life for regional residents.

“This funding has the potential to make a positive impact on the well-being of residents by providing resources to establish or enhance recreational centers, Read More

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