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Public Health New Mexico

About This Section

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 and educational equity.

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 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.
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    Consistent health care access for New Mexicans can be a challenge. About 25% of people in the state live at or below the federal poverty line and the shortage of healthcare workers impacts routine preventative care. But youth advocates who hope to help fill some of those gaps with a health equity fair taking place Saturday.
  • A sign on Interstate 40 welcomes drivers to New Mexico from Arizona — one of several surrounding states that have enacted abortion restrictions since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year. New Mexico legislators passed a law Friday that would enshrine in law protections for abortion clinicians and patients from other states, protecting them from harassment, threats, discipline or criminalization for care provided or received in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who issued an executive order with similar protections last year, is expected to sign the bill into law.
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    The number of abortions performed in New Mexico has more than tripled since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. That’s according to a new study that says interstate travel across the country continues to grow for the procedure.New Mexico has seen one of the most dramatic increases in abortion care in the country because of demand from out-of-state patients.