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Lunch With A Leader: Health Security Act Jan. 15

on January 12, 2019 - 3:22pm
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader is back at 11:45 a.m., Jan. 15, at Mesa Library. Tyler Taylor and Mary Feldblum will speak on the Health Security Act. This Act will be coming up during the Legislative session.
 
Taylor is a native of Birmingham, Ala. who grew up there during the Civil Rights era and learned first-hand about injustice. He and his daughter Maura Taylor (who is now executive director of Self-Help, Inc.) moved to Los Alamos in 2000. He worked here as a Primary Care Physician before retiring in December 2017.
 
His enthusiasm for passage of the

New Cooking School Aims To Educate Kids About Healthy Food In Fun Way At Little Sprout’s Kitchen

on January 9, 2019 - 8:58am
Little Sprout’s Kitchen owner Kelly Parker at home in her kitchen in White Rock. The eight members of Parker’s Spice Girls cooking club made the dishes pictured here. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
When White Rock resident Kelly Parker retired after a long career as a graphic designer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she began searching for ways to fill her time.
 
She volunteered in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She traveled to Portugal and worked on a farm. And now, she’s starting a new venture right in her own home: Little Sprouts Kitchen.
 
Via Little

NMDOH: New Mexico Shows Continued Improvement In Drug Overdose Death Rankings

on January 7, 2019 - 6:46am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH ) and former Gov. Susana Martinez have reported that for the third consecutive year, the state’s drug-overdose death rank among states has improved.

Based on a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico’s national ranking has improved from the second highest death drug overdose death rate in the United States in 2014 to 17th highest in 2017, the most current available data nationwide.

This is the first time New Mexico has ranked outside the top 15 rankings since the CDC started reporting drug

True Health New Mexico: New Health Plan President

on January 6, 2019 - 7:26pm
Myja Peterson
 
TRUE HEALTH NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE After a year of profitability and growth, True Health New Mexico has announced a new local Health Plan President and several key promotions.
 
The new leadership structure will position True Health for further expansion, both of its membership and its mission, according to CEO Martin Hickey, who will remain as CEO while taking on a broader role with parent company Evolent Health.
 
Dr.

An Evening Of Monologues At LALT Monday Jan. 7

on January 4, 2019 - 9:18am

Alzheimer's Advocacy Day At Roundhouse Jan. 30

on December 31, 2018 - 12:48pm

Alzheimer’s News:

Officials with the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association plan to stage an Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol during the January legislative session.

The event will provide a valuable opportunity for all who are, or have been, affected by the disease to discuss, advocate and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s with state legislators, they said.

Chapter members will host legislators, caregivers and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community 9 a.m.

Los Alamos Community Health Council Meets Jan. 3

on December 30, 2018 - 7:09am

LACHC News:

The Los Alamos Community Health Council meets noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in Room 330 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

12:00 PM Welcome & Call to Order: Cynthia Goldblatt

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes  

12:05 PM Introductions & Sharing: LACHC Members

12:50 PM Committee Update: Deni Fell

  • Falls Prevention Coalition 

12:55 PM Presentation: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Winona Gishal

  • Medicaid’s Centennial 2.0 Update

1:15 PM Update: Chair’s Report Cynthia Goldblatt

  • Leadership Team Vacancy to be filled

Opportunity Costs: Weighing Joint Venture Between Children’s Hospitals

on December 29, 2018 - 7:19am
Maya Salviotti, 2, works with pediatric oncology resident artist Angus Macpherson at the UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. Photo by Jett Loe/UNM Health Sciences Center
 
By LAUREN VILLAGRAN
Searchlight New Mexico
 
Mike Chicarelli strode the halls of the children’s pavilion at the University of New Mexico Hospital, fist-bumping nurses and proudly pointing out the hospital’s kid-friendly touches: the surgery waiting room with seats shaped like hot air balloons, the intake counter designed like a 1950s soda fountain.
 
The former emergency nurse, now chief operating officer of UNM

First Responders Assist Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves

on December 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and first responders. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa visits with a local resident. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves visit local residents. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp organized the Los Alamos First Responders and Friends to help Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves give gift packages Saturday to all of the residents of Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Los Alamos Medical Center graciously donated slipper/socks, Classic Air Medical made homemade cookies, Barranca Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders made

NMDOH Releases Top Baby Names For 2018

on December 28, 2018 - 8:19am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health has released the top New Mexico baby names for 2018.

The most popular girl names are Isabella, Mia and Sophia. The most popular boy names are Noah, Liam and Elijah.

Making their debut in the top 10 are Camila, Mila and Sofia, another way of spelling Sophia. For the boys, those debuting on the list are Mason, Benjamin and Julian.

Canceled: Vitalant Blood Drive At Smith's Friday

on December 26, 2018 - 7:39pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Vitalant blood drive planned for Friday at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos has been canceled due to bus and weather issues.

Upcoming Vitalant Community Blood Drives:

Thursday Jan. 3

  • Los Alamos First Baptist Church Hall
  • 2200 Diamond Dr.
  • Noon to 6:30 p.m.

Friday Jan. 4

  • Los Alamos First Baptist Church-Hall-Friday
  • 2200 Diamond Dr.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 505.246.1457 to schedule an appointment. Donors will receive a t-shirt. Thank you for saving lives.

Exhibit On Human Immune System Opens At Bradbury

on December 21, 2018 - 6:57am
The new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum includes an interactive touch table. Courtesy photo
 

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses the ctowd at the opening reception Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
 
Laboratory Fellow and computational biologist Bette Korber cuts the ribbon on the new exhibit. Courtesy photo
 
BRADBURY News:
 
How the immune system works to fight diseases and viruses like HIV and influenza is the focus of a new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
“Building Immunity: How Fighting HIV and Other Viruses Helps Us Understand Our Immune System”

Life Flight Crew Visits With LAHS Students

on December 20, 2018 - 3:33pm
LAHS Senior Elizabeth Dimick sits in the helicopter while members of the Air Methods Life Flight crew, left, Challen Clarke, Jennife Valdez and Ashley Lobsinger answer questions from students in Becca Jones Life Smarts class. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos High School students in Rebecca Jones Life Smarts class were able to learn firsthand about careers in emergency medical services as staff from Air Methods Life Flight landed (literally) on the practice field at the high school.
 
Students watched as the medical helicopter landed on the field with a crew consisting of the

‘Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day’ At Legislature Jan. 30

on December 20, 2018 - 9:16am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced details of its Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.
 
The New Mexico Chapter will host legislators, caregivers and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community, 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building.
 
This event will provide a valuable opportunity for all who are, or have been, affected by the disease to discuss, advocate and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s with

NMDOH: First Flu Death In New Mexico This Season

on December 20, 2018 - 9:00am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced the first flu-related death reported for the 2018-2019 flu season.

The death occurred in a woman 65-years or older from Lincoln County. Her death is a important reminder that flu can cause serious illness or death, particularly among persons at risk for flu-related complications.

“As flu infections increase across the state, it is important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already received the flu vaccine this season”, NMDOH Secretary Lynn Gallagher said.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Systemic Failures Contributed To Child’s Death In U.S. CBP Custody

on December 19, 2018 - 9:06am
Congressional Hispanic Caucus News:
 
LORDSBURG — Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro led a delegation Tuesday to Antelope Wells Port of Entry and Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin in U.S. CBP custody.
 
Following their investigation of Jakelin’s journey, the Members briefed the press on how these stations are equipped to protect the health and safety of those seeking refuge at our borders:
 
Highlights from today’s press conference:

 

Chairman Elect Castro

United Blood Services Is Now Vitalant; New Name, Unified Brand For 127 Nationwide Donation Centers

on December 19, 2018 - 8:47am
VITALANT News:
 
Blood Systems has announced that its 10 blood center brands, including United Blood Services, will unite as one cohesive brand under the new name Vitalant.
 
As one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive transfusion medicine organizations serving local communities across 40 states including New Mexico, Vitalant’s 127 nationwide donation centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year.
 
“Our organization has grown to encompass blood donation centers and specialty services from coast to coast.

Scenes From 2018 First Responders Christmas Dinner

on December 18, 2018 - 8:18pm

Local first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, police chaplains and fire chaplains and their families were treated to a Christmas Dinner Saturday night sponsored by several churches to thank them for all they do throughout the year to take of and protect the community. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas Dinner Saturday night at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas

City Of Las Cruces Advocates ‘Medicaid Buy-In’

on December 18, 2018 - 9:21am
NMTH News:
 
LAS CRUCES The City Council of Las Cruces, after hearing testimony from NM Together for Healthcare family leaders who live in Doña Ana County, has unanimously passed a resolution in favor of continuing the state’s efforts in pursuing a Medicaid Buy-in plan – an innovative policy that would give New Mexicans the option to buy into Medicaid even if they are not currently eligible.
 
“I have been a promotora, a community health worker, for 15 years in Doña Ana County and have seen the great impact that lack of medical coverage has on New Mexico’s families,” said Maxi Urrutia,

New Mexico Approved For Centennial Care 2.0

on December 17, 2018 - 10:20am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department announced Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved its Section 1115 waiver renewal that authorizes the Medicaid managed care program, known as Centennial Care.
 
The renewal, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec.

New Mexico Schools Rewarded For Nutrition Efforts

on December 15, 2018 - 10:24am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Public Education Department report 41 public elementary schools in seven New Mexico counties are being awarded a total of $30,500 for their efforts in the Healthier US Schools Challenge (HUSSC) award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools that created healthier learning environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. A complete list of New Mexico schools recognized can be found below.

“Healthy eating and physical activity are

Health Security For New Mexicans Campaign Director Pitches Its Plan To Los Alamos Business People

on December 13, 2018 - 9:59am
Dr. Mary Ray Cate, left, and Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign explain the benefits of the Health Security Plan at the Chamber Business Breakfast Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is nothing new, but political changes have brought it more support for its proposal, the Health Security Plan.

Chamber Breakfast: NM Health Security Act

on December 10, 2018 - 7:45am

Learn How To Live Allergy Free At Seminar Dec. 20

on December 8, 2018 - 8:43am
AllerPops founder Cliff Han hosts a seminiar on alleviating allergies Dec. 20 at projectY. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Are your allergies making you miserable? Cliff Han, PhD, will offer a seminar 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in projectY, where allergy sufferers will learn how to gain control over their allergies, improve their overall health and enjoy life more.
 
Han is the inventor of AllerPops, a prebiotic lollipop that gives lasting allergy relief.

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

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