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Make Holiday Health and Safety a Priority December 17, 2014 - Public Relations - Awareness

There’s a lot of reasons to love the holiday season. We get the chance to take time off and enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, and of course there’s always the reason for the season: take time to reflect and remember all the reasons why we have to be grateful in our lives. « read more »

Checking the Halls Before Decking the Halls December 11, 2014 - Public Relations - Awareness

Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year those numbers increased. « read more »

Take Time This Thanksgiving to Learn Your Family Health History November 24, 2014 - Public Relations - Awareness

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. That means you’re probably home for the holiday and spending time with family. Maybe you’ll be watching a parade or a football game; maybe you’ll do some evening shopping. Just maybe you can take the opportunity with your family…to talk. The holiday season offers m... « read more »

Always a Good Time for Parents, Teens to Say, “Let’s Talk.” October 30, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

We’ve all had the “How do I respond to THAT?” moment with our kids. In some cases, the questions get harder as they grow older. From questions about our bodies to baffling issues with bullies, we want to know (and want to help). There are probably few talks more important than talking to ou... « read more »

The Best Way to Protect the Ones You Love from Flu September 18, 2014 - Immunization - Awareness

Just driving around town, you can see the signs. “Get Your Flu Shots Here”, “Flu Shots: No Appointment Needed”, and so on. It means flu season is coming whether we like it or not. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May, and the problem is it’s not... « read more »

Free Screenings for Fall Risk at State Fair September 12, 2014 - Older Adult Falls - Awareness

Governor Susana Martinez, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Adult Fall Prevention Coalition, the Healthy Aging Collaborative, and Aging and Long Term Services Department, are working together to raise awareness that older adult falls are not a normal part of aging a... « read more »

Potential Smoke Impacts from the Pino Fire September 2, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The Pino Fire is currently burning in an area of the Santa Fe National Forest five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Fire crews will begin multiple hand and aerial ignitions today to manage the wildfire. Based on forecasted weather conditions, smoke from the Pino Fi... « read more »

SMART Alternative to Addiction Recovery Available July 23, 2014 - Southwest Public Health Region - Awareness

The SMART Recovery program is becoming increasingly known in New Mexico and nationwide as being a modern alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous. The program is not limited to substances such as alcohol and drugs. Those with addictions to gambling, food, the Internet, and more are al... « read more »

High Rates of Preventable Hospitalizations July 15, 2014 - Emergency Medical Systems - Awareness

A New Mexico Department of Health analysis reveals that the southeast and northwest regions had the highest hospitalization rates due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions in 2012 -- conditions for which outpatient care or early interventions can prevent hospitalizations and/or complications. The... « read more »

Evening Smoke Impacts Expected July 1, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The Diego Fire, located seven miles southwest of Coyote, NM has grown to 1,000 acres. Smoke from the fire is expected to impact Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties starting late Monday afternoon through at least 9 p.m. Additionally, communities downwind from the fire may also experience... « read more »

Breathing Easy in New Mexico June 24, 2014 - Asthma - Awareness

The New Mexico Council on Asthma (NMCOA) and the New Mexico Department of Health are pleased to announce the recent publication of a five-year plan to be used as a guide to reduce the burden of asthma and improve asthma outcomes in New Mexico. The plan, Breathing Easy in New Mexico: Addressing the... « read more »

Smoke Exposure a Hazard During Fire Season June 23, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

When wildfires happen, both the New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department track the fires, advising residents in areas affected by fire how to reduce the risk to themselves and their families from smoke exposure. « read more »

Protect Yourself from Smoke Hazards June 17, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and Environment Department continue to track the Assayii Lake Fire along the McKinley/San Juan county line in New Mexico. The departments advise residents in areas vulnerable to wildfire to learn how to reduce risk to themselves and their families from smoke expos... « read more »

High School Students Less Likely to Binge Drink June 12, 2014 - Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey - Awareness

In 2013, New Mexico high school students were less likely to binge drink than their counterparts across the United States (17.1% vs. 20.8%), according to results from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today. While New Mexico students wer... « read more »

Take Precautions to Prevent Mosquito Bites June 11, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding New Mexicans to take precautions against mosquito bites. Infected mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus to humans. « read more »

Heat Health Dangers Rise with Temperatures June 4, 2014 - Southwest Public Health Region - Awareness

We’re experiencing temperatures at or near record breaking highs this week. June is historically the hottest month in our part of the country. That mean it’s the time of the year again for us to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the... « read more »

Take Caution About the Heat June 3, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Children’s Youth and Families Department advise New Mexico residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to be extra vigilant to not leave children in vehicles. Temperatures over the next... « read more »

Raising the Bar on Harm Reduction May 23, 2014 - Southwest Public Health Region - Awareness

It’s a tough thing to read about, but it’s an even harder way to live. Addiction and drug use are complex issues. With them comes a range of behaviors, and the people who use drugs are – like all of us - complex, multi-faceted and much more than just their behavior. « read more »

Teen Childbearing in NM Costs Taxpayers $103 Million Annually May 22, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health this National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is continuing its work to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the state. Since 2000, the teen birth rate in New Mexico for 15-to-17 year olds has declined by 43 percent. That’s comparable to the national declin... « read more »

Teen Pregnancy Prevention a Year-Round Effort May 13, 2014 - Family Planning - Awareness

When we’re teenagers, life is about milestones. We’re finishing one grade then the next, getting our summers off, learning to drive, going to prom, graduating from high school and on and on. But for New Mexico’s teen parents, all of that comes second to 2 a.m. feedings, changing diapers, paren... « read more »

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