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Public Health New Mexico

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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.

We cover the politicians, the policies, and the agencies responsible for sustaining public health and solving poverty. To fully report on these topics, we give voice to those who are voiceless in the media: people and practitioners; advocates and analysts; researchers and activists; and people hoping to build a better way of life. Through our work, citizens are engaged, government is made more accountable, and the profile of public health and poverty is elevated by expanded public discourse and civic engagement.

This project has been sustained by support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundationthe McCune Charitable FoundationCon Alma Health Foundation. and private donors.

KUNM broadcasts on transmitter throughout central and northern New Mexico, reaching more than half the state’s population.  Nielsen Audio Research from Fall 2014 shows 100,000 people a week listen to KUNM.

  • Dr. Laura Parajón, NMDOH Deputy Secretary of Health, Acting State Epidemiologist 8/4/22
    Jered Ebenreck
    State health officials on August 4, 2022 said Monkeypox is a new public health emergency and that COVID cases remain high in a third of New Mexico counties thanks to the highly transmissible BA.5 variant. However the growth in case numbers has plateaued. Acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase and Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon both spoke about the diseases.
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    Jered Ebenreck
    New Mexico now has 8 counties at the highest orange level, 3 less than last week, on the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID community levels map. Still populous counties like Bernalillo and Sandoval are orange and the CDC and NMDOH recommend that anyone in orange counties wear N95 masks indoors in public settings. KUNM’s Jered Ebenreck provides this update.