June 8, 2016

NM DOH: Men can make health a priorityLas Cruces Sun News

This June, the New Mexico Department of Health celebrates National Men's Health Month. It’s on the calendar each year the same month as Father’s Day. It’s during the month that NMDOH and other public health organizations seek to make men aware of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. More than half of premature deaths among men are preventable. -- 6/8/16


Valle De Oro: An Experiment In Environmental Justice -- KUNM

The new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is a place of firsts: it’s the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest and the first wildlife refuge in the country to have an environmental justice plan. It's also the first time kids in one largely Hispanic community have had a wild outdoor space to play in close by.

To get to the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, about 15 minutes south of downtown Albuquerque, you first have to drive through some of the poorest and most polluted neighborhoods in New Mexico.

Playing outside isn’t so easy for kids in this part of town. There are almost no parks, no walking trails, and rates of asthma and other chronic diseases are higher than other parts of Albuquerque.

Which is one reason the Valle de Oro project was able to get off the ground in the first place. Volunteers, residents and community groups along with the county government enlisted the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, after the Obama Administration stepped up efforts to improve environmental health in communities just like this one.  -- 6/8/2016