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NMPHA is Hiring!

Webmaster and Communications Support 

NMPHA is looking to hire a Website and Communications Support Specialist. You can view the full job description here.

To apply: please send a resume and cover letter addressed to NMPHA Co-Executive Directors, Leah Sanchez and Tessa Abeyta, toleah.sanchez@nmpha.org and tessa.abeyta@nmpha.org. Applications are open May 16-May 31, with the hope of starting the position in mid-June.

NMPHA is excited to announce that applications are now open for UNM students for our Fall 2022 Internship. We will be accepting up to 3 UNM students (undergraduate and graduate) into this program.

This will be a paid internship for those students who are enrolled in an academic internship practicum, capstone or field experience course. Other students are welcome to apply.

Please spread the word! 

Download the application here.

NMPHA Statement on Legalization of Marijuana in NM - April 1, 2022

"...The impact of cannabis-related arrests and incarcerations has disproportionately harmed people of color in New Mexico. The New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) welcomes this move away from the criminalization of non-medical cannabis toward a more equitable approach. 

NMPHA encourages our state and local governments to use evidence-based research when drafting regulations and setting training and education standards...."

Read NMPHA's full statement on the legalization of marijuana sales in effect across New Mexico today, April 1, 2022. 

Photo: Morgan Lee/Associated Press

NMPHA Fridays: Racism is a Public Health Crisis with NMPHA Policy Interns Ryan Martin, MPH (c), Sara Ballantine, BSPH (c), and Dr. Laura Parajon, NMDOH

NMPHA Fridays attendees had the wonderful privilege of listening to and participating in a powerful discussion of how racism impacts the lives and work of public health professionals. If you missed it, you can watch it here. Thank you so much Ryan, Sara, and Dr. Parajon for sharing your stories! 

NMPHA is Pleased and Proud to Welcome Tessa Abeyta, our New Co-Executive Director!


Tessa Abeyta is a native New Mexican who was raised in Los Alamos. She was drawn to Las Cruces via New Mexico State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Government in 2009. Tessa has worked as a lobbyist for the Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), where she was instrumental in helping pass legislation to place the CACs in the statute. She also worked to secure funding for them and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. In 2020, Tessa began her first term in office for Las Cruces City Council. She is proud to be raising her three children in such a vibrant and diverse district.

Dr. Laura Parajón, MD, MPH, of the New Mexico Department of Health and winner 2021 AAFP Public Health Award shares highlights from her journey in primary care and public health. View this Guest Editorial on Integrating Primary Care, Public Health for Health Equity for the AAFP

Public Health Infrastructure Task Force 

Click here for HM2 Memorial 

Click here for Task Force Schedule - Observers are welcome

2021 Reports and Articles on Investing in Public Health

The US is about to make the same pandemic mistakes-- again, VOX. Click here

Confronting a Legacy of Scarcity: A Plan for America's Re-Investment in Public Health. Yale Global Health Justice Partnership.  Click here

Challenges and Opportunities for Strengthening the US Public Health Infrastructure. National Network of Public Health Institutes. Click here

 The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2021. Trust for America's Health. Click here

COVID Updates from NMDOH

Visit the NMDOH Newsroom and Vaccine Reports for the latest statewide data on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations. 

Click here to link to NMDOH Community Resource Center

For all NMDOH COVID-19 resources, visit our NM Vaccine Equity & Rebuild hub by clicking on the logo below. 

    Upcoming Virtual Events

2022 NMPHA Annual Conference - STARTS TODAY!

Thursday & Friday, May 19th-20th, 2022 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Download Full Flyer here.

Download Detailed Agenda & Tech Support Contacts here.

Visit the Whova Virtual Event Site here (see picture below for additional guidance).

FOR ASSISTANCE ACCESSING THE EVENT, PLEASE EMAIL Christine Winfield at christine.winfield@nmpha.org.

Thank you to our incredible Regional Representatives, their guests, and our attendees for a beautiful week of sharing the ways our various communities promote public health in New Mexico!

NMPHA Acknowledgement of Ancestral Lands adopted May 13, 2021. Click Here 

  How to Get Involved


Please consider a donation to Tom and Jerry's School of Public Health Scholarship Fund. Click here to donate. Read about their "School of Public Health."


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NMDOH COVID-19 Website

This site provides information on public health orders, testing, and social services

American Public Health Association

Get Ready Health Initiative for COVID-19 

NMDOH COVID-19 Public Dashboard

The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity

Environmental     Health and Justice

Environmental health addresses the interrelationship between human health and the environment, and strives to improve the quality of both the natural and built environment. Environmental justice is the understanding that all racial, ethnic, and income groups have the right to equal treatment and protection under environmental statutes, regulations and practices, and that those policies should be consciously designed to protect human health and reduce disparities within and among communities.

Universal access to health care

Every person in New Mexico is entitled to quality, comprehensive health care as a human right, regardless of income, geographic location, or immigration status.

Social determinants of health

Where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care. Our zip code affects our health more than our genetic code. These are some of the messages that help illustrate the growing understanding that the health of individuals and populations is influenced by a complex set of inter-related social and economic determinants including:  income/wealth, education, employment status, housing, food security, early childhood experiences, environment (both built and natural), and discrimination based on race/ethnicity or other personal characteristics.

New Mexico Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We have collaborated with APHA to grow stronger as organizations, to share expertise, influence, and resources, and to advocate for common priorities at the local, state and federal levels. 

APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. It is the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org

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