Public Health New Mexico

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. For all articles and web exclusive content, go to publichealthnm.org 

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The number of babies born dependent on drugs in New Mexico more than tripled between 2008 and 2017 according to new data from the state Department of Health.

The NIH Wants Your Health Info For Research

Nov 28, 2018
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The National Institutes of Health is in Albuquerque this week for its All of Us Research Program to better tailor medical treatment to individual people.

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The Rio Rancho school board voted 4-1 Monday evening to put guns in the hands of school security guards. The measure is aimed at keeping students safe in the wake of school shootings here and across the nation.

Westside ABQ Shelter Opening Early

Nov 12, 2018
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The city of Albuquerque has opened one of its emergency shelters early.

Temperatures will go down to the teens in Albuquerque tonight, according to the National Weather Service, and remain in the 20s overnight for the rest of the week.

Need Help Getting To The Polls On Election Day?

Nov 2, 2018
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Are you trying to figure out how to get to the polls on Tuesday?

Some ride-sharing companies, cities and local political parties are offering free or discounted rides to polling stations on Election Day.

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Pedestrian safety has long been a point of concern for residents of southeast Albuquerque. Joanne Landry, president of the Trumbull Neighborhood Association, is hoping that a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help make things safer and boost her community’s morale.

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The #MeToo movement has sparked national conversations around issues like harassment in the workplace and access to reproductive services.

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Opioid addiction comes with more than just physical symptoms. A big part of fighting for sobriety is recovering emotionally, and for different people, that part needs a different approach.

Children's Advocacy Focus Of Voter Info Website

Sep 5, 2018
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Voters can now find New Mexico political candidates’ views on things like gun violence, education, public land use and climate change on a website put together by two children's advocacy organizations.

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A recovery center for youths in Albuquerque is gearing up to open new housing next month specifically for girls and young women.

BernCo Voters To Decide On More Tiny Home Money

Aug 24, 2018
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Voters in Bernalillo County will see another bond question about a planned tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness on their ballots come November.

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When a hospital or doctor’s office sees a patient who doesn’t speak English, federal law requires the institution to hire an interpreter. But the need for professional language services in New Mexico far exceeds the supply. An Albuquerque organization, Valley Community Interpreters (VCI), is hoping to change that.

May Ortega | KUNM

Opponents of a planned project to house homeless people came out in force to a meeting Thursday night in the Four Hills neighborhood in southeast Albuquerque.

Amidst Opposition, Tiny Homes Move Forward

Aug 9, 2018
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Bernalillo County is planning to build a village of tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness. But it’s facing some opposition.

NM Could Be First To Pass Medicaid Buy-In

Jul 31, 2018
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New Mexico was one of the first states in the country to expand its Medicaid program a few years ago.

And now it may also be one of the first to create a Medicaid buy-in program to make insurance more accessible for people who are undocumented or have low incomes.

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When you go to your doctor’s office to get help for something like high blood pressure, you wouldn’t expect to get a prescription to join a walking group. There’s a program that does just that for areas in Albuquerque that have higher rates of chronic diseases.

KUNM News Wins National Awards For 2017 Coverage

Jul 18, 2018
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We’re proud to announce that KUNM won several national awards for our 2017 coverage. 

Parkland Students Coming To ABQ

Jul 10, 2018
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Since a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead back in February, some of the students who survived have been rallying for other young people to get involved in politics.

NM’s Teen Smoking Rate Drops To All-Time Low

Jun 29, 2018
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New data released by the New Mexico Department of Health show the state’s rate of high schoolers smoking cigarettes is at an all-time low. And they’re using other tobacco products less often, too.

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People with intellectual disabilities experience sexual assault and abuse at an alarmingly high rate. Lawmakers in a handful of states across the U.S. have proposed ways to address the issue since an NPR investigation called attention to it in January. The Arc of New Mexico, a nonprofit that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, isn’t waiting for state legislators to take action.

ABQ Growers’ Market To Phase Out Plastic

Jun 20, 2018
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The Downtown Growers’ Market in Albuquerque is known as a place to find all things local, fresh, and homemade.

The people behind the market are looking to make it greener by phasing out plastic waste starting next month.

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The Trump Administration is looking to make new rules that could shift federal funding for family planning services from health care providers to organizations that oppose abortion. If local healthcare clinics lose the family planning support they’re currently receiving, patients could be the ones paying the price.

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It’s summer, and that means many teenagers are headed to jobs, internships, volunteering – places where they meet adults besides their parents and teachers. The interactions can turn into mentorships that enrich the lives of the teens and the adults. This kind of synergy is thriving at a special plot of land in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

Study Shows Santa Fe’s Cycling Problems

Jun 13, 2018
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New Mexico ranks 44th in the country for bicycle friendliness. A new study by the Santa Fe Police Department looked at 110 bicycle crashes that happened in the city in the last three years and the factors surrounding them.

Need Someone To Talk To? N.M. Has Some Options

Jun 8, 2018
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Since the state introduced a texting option for its Peer-to-Peer Warmline earlier this year, more and more people are using it for emotional support.

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New Mexico has some of the worst conditions for children in rural areas, according to a recent study. A local advocate for kids’ wellness said things are improving, and that voting can help with that momentum.

San Juan County Joins Opioid Lawsuit

Jun 4, 2018
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San Juan County is joining a lawsuit against opioid companies to get back the money it’s spent on combating the opioid crisis there.

ABQ Group Promotes Free Bus Pass Program For Kids

May 24, 2018
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Summertime gives kids the chance to go outside and have some fun, but many don’t always have a way to get around town. A local Albuquerque group is raising awareness about free bus passes for kids.

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Nursing home inspections have found dozens of safety violations and mistreatment of elderly New Mexico residents over the years. Albuquerque Journal reporter Marie Baca examined some of the reports about these incidents. She sat down with Public Health New Mexico’s May Ortega to talk about what she found.

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Abortion rights advocates in New Mexico are reacting to reports that the Trump Administration will end federal funding for family planning clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to other abortion providers.

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