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Addressing the Health Needs of Sex and Gender Minorities in New Mexico
Describes disparities among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in New Mexico. Covers issues and health behaviors specific to SGMs, including challenges rural SGMs face. Offers recommendations to address SGM health disparities and improve health.
Author(s): Doug Calderwood, Rebecca Dakota, Dawn Hunter, et al.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients
Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Equity in New Mexico: 12th Edition
Provides information about the health status of various population groups throughout New Mexico and educates readers on the state's health equity issues. Designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders implement strategies that reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans. Includes information and statistics specific to New Mexico's rural regions.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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HEROs in Rural Health: Q&A with Art Kaufman
An interview with Arthur Kaufman, MD, vice chancellor for community health at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center. Discusses his work creating UNM’s Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) program, based on the agricultural extension model. Also covers his role in promoting the use of community health workers and work with UNM’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The State of Health in New Mexico 2018
Describes the health status for the population of New Mexico in rural and urban areas. Provides statistics on multiple health indicators, such as socioeconomic status, maternal and child health, chronic disease, substance use, injury, among others.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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New Mexico Department of Health: FY17 - FY19 Strategic Plan
Identifies the priorities of the New Mexico Department of Health and explains how the Department plans to improve health across every segment of the population. Includes a discussion on how demographic changes within the state are disproportionately affecting older adults and rural residents.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee: 2017 Annual Report
Provides detailed data at the county level, comparing New Mexico's healthcare workforce to national benchmarks. Discusses rural and frontier area shortages, New Mexico's behavioral health workforce, health workforce migration trends, and potential solutions for solving the state's workforce issues. Appendices include gap analyses of New Mexico healthcare professions by county and practice details for New Mexico behavioral health providers.
Author(s): Amy W. Farnbach Pearson, Jessica Reno
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee
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New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health, Fact Sheet
Lists activities of the Office of Primary Care & Rural Health, including descriptions of programs related to primary care, rural hospitals and health networks, and health workforce development. Updated for fiscal year 2018.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Financing Project ECHO: Options for State Medicaid Programs
Outlines how four states - California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon - are using Medicaid funds to support Project ECHO and enhance services for rural and other at-risk populations. Also shares design considerations for specific delivery system environments, and ways to ensure long-term program sustainability.
Author(s): Greg Howe, Allison Hamblin, Lauren Moran
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
Findings brief describing how Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have responded to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2014-2017 goals for advancing oral health in America, with emphasis on programs available to children. Features statistics including number of dental insurance companies, number of public health dental clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers providing oral health services, and number of full-time and part-time dentists and dental hygienists at these facilities in each of the six states.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Socorro General Hospital Serving as Role Model for FOA
Highlights the successes and ongoing improvements of Socorro General Hospital (SGH), a 24-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Socorro, New Mexico, that participated in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project during 2016. Also discusses some of the changes that were implemented after completing a financial operational assessment (FOA).
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Dentists in New Mexico by County
A fact sheet displaying in map and in table format the number of dentists in the state of New Mexico by county.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in New Mexico
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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New Mexico Department of Health Strategic Plan Progress Report: Fiscal Year 2014-2016
Highlights the progress made in rural and urban areas of New Mexico by the state department of health in response to the NM Department of Health Strategic Plan: Fiscal Year 2014-2016 to improve the health of New Mexicans in areas of population health, health systems, workforce and accountability.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Project ECHO’s Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help "Superutilizers" in Underserved Communities
Case study of the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program, which uses telehealth to support primary care clinicians in underserved areas. Focuses on a project targeting Medicaid beneficiaries with substance abuse and mental health issues, with details on two primary care teams being supported, including one in a rural New Mexico community.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Achieving Equity in Health for Children and Families in New Mexico Through the Affordable Care Act
Discusses the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions focused on developing health equity for children and families in New Mexico.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Lisa Cacari Stone, Margaret Osterfoss
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Con Alma Health Foundation
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Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth: Workshop Summary
Report of a roundtable workshop held in New Mexico that brought together leaders from a wide range of fields, including those in Native American healthcare, to address the need for greater visibility for the health disparities faced by tribal and indigenous populations, how to develop programs to address those disparities, and how to encourage support for Native American leaders to advance those programs. This workshop specifically focused on Native American youth, addressing such topics as suicide, the importance of grandparents in the lives and care of children, and the cultural resiliency of Native Americans to overcome trauma and disparities.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Health without Borders
Video featuring the Health without Borders (HwoB) program, which uses promotoras to provide immunizations door-to-door. This approach is popular in Mexico and provides a familiar experience for the immigrants that HwoB serves in Luna County, New Mexico.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Guadalupe County Hospital Improves Patient Discharge Experience
Discusses how Guadalupe County Hospital (GCH), a 10 bed medical and surgical hospital in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, improved its patient discharge experience and patient satisfaction scores through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Spotlight on Cibola General Hospital
Highlights Cibola General Hospital (CGH), a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital located in Grants, New Mexico. Examines the progress CGH has made working to improve quality of care and transitions of care as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Stakeholders' Recommendations to Improve Patient-Centered "LGBTQ" Primary Care in Rural and Multicultural Practices
Discusses the results of a pilot study to identify the need to improve primary care practices when treating rural and ethnic-minority lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) and queer persons within the mostly rural and multicultural state of New Mexico, and offers guidelines to enhance services for the LGBT population within clinical settings.
Author(s): Miria Kano, Alma Rosa Silva-Bañuelos, Robert Sturm, Cathleen E. Willging
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 29(1) 156-160
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report 2016
Provides county-level health statistics for the state of New Mexico. Covers population estimates by age group and race/ethnicity, birth rate by mother's race/ethnicity, and mortality by age group.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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New Mexico – Sexual Violence Free: A Statewide Strategic Plan for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence 2015-2020
Describes a plan to prevent sexual violence across the state of New Mexico. Developed with input from experts and advocates on sexual violence prevention, community members, and service providers, the plan sets forth goals for collaboration among stakeholders to address prevention efforts for priority populations, including but not limited to African Americans, children, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, Native Americans, older adults, and people living in rural communities.
Additional links: Summary
Author(s): Theresa Cruz, Julia Meredith Hess, Leona Woelk, Samantha Bear
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Healthy Border 2020: A Prevention & Health Promotion Initiative
Reports on the prevailing public health issues occurring in U.S.-Mexico border populations. Identifies an agenda focused on health promotion and disease prevention and develops a strategy for implementing a coordinated public health response at the binational, state and local levels.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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The Transformation of Behavioral Health in New Mexico
Provides an in-depth look at public-sector behavioral healthcare in New Mexico by examining how decisions made at the system level influence the implementation of initiatives by the service providers, and how changes at the gubernatorial level can affect implementation efforts. Discusses findings in relation to efforts made to promote and establish medical home models under the Affordable Care Act.
Author(s): Cathleen E. Willging, Louise Lamphere, Barbara Rylko-Bauer
Citation: Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 42(3), 343-355
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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New Mexico School-Based Health Centers: Status Report 2015
Provides an overview of the healthcare centers located in elementary, middle and high schools and the physical, behavioral and oral healthcare services they provide.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Investing in Population Health
Profile of a pilot project underway in rural New Mexico focused on population health for Medicaid recipients. Offers communities three levels of patient services and payment. Uses community health workers to address the social determinants of health.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Successful Health Insurance Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Strategies for Rural Hospitals
Shares best practices for hospitals to use in health insurance outreach and enrollment efforts based on interviews with administrators, staff, and community representatives at eleven small rural hospitals. Also discusses certified application counselors, who help individuals enroll in health insurance, and the importance of using collaborative community partnerships to conduct insurance enrollment outreach and education.
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Alex Evenson, Adeniyi Togun
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Engagement, Recruitment, and Retention in a Trans-Community, Randomized Controlled Trial for the Prevention of Obesity in Rural American Indian and Hispanic Children
Describes the process of engaging, recruiting, and retaining participants for the Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) study. Discusses outcomes, barriers, lessons learned, and strategies used in the CHILE study. CHILE studies childhood obesity prevention and intervention in rural American Indian and predominately Hispanic Head Start centers in New Mexico.
Author(s): Theresa H. Cruz, Sally M. Davis, Courtney A. FitzGerald, Glenda F. Canaca, Patricia C. Keane
Citation: Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(3), 135-149
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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A Healthier New Mexico: New Mexico State Health Improvement Plan
A comprehensive health planning document for urban and rural areas of New Mexico that identifies the state’s health priorities, engages a cross section of partners, and includes input from regional, community and tribal entities.
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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The Role of Community Health Centers in Assessing the Social Determinants of Health for Planning and Policy: The Example of Frontier New Mexico
Discusses the use of the Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) by a frontier-based community health center in New Mexico for evaluating and addressing social determinants of health.
Author(s): Sean Bruna, Lisa Cacari Stone, Susan Wilger, Jeremy Cantor, Carolina Guzman
Citation: Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 37(3), 258-268
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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The Decrease in the Unintentional Injury Mortality Disparity Between American Indians/Alaska Natives and Non–American Indians/Alaska Natives in New Mexico, 1980 to 2009
Studies the change in accidental death rates of Native American and Alaska Native populations in New Mexico from 1980-2009, compared to non-native populations. Includes statistics broken down by cause of injury, ethnicity, gender, age, and date.
Author(s): Glenda Hubbard, Pallavi Pokhrel, Larry Nielsen, Michael Landen
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 103(4), 747-754
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
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New Mexico Border Health Report
Compares the overall health of New Mexico's 3 border counties with the rest of the state. Details the demographics and health outcomes in Hidalgo, Luna, and Dona Ana Counties.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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New Mexico Department of Health Strategic Plan: Fiscal Year 2014-2016
Designed to identify the priorities of the New Mexico Department of Health and demonstrate how they are applying their resources to improve public’s health in both rural and urban areas. Discusses the NMDOH Rural Primary Health Care Act (RPHCA) Program that provides funding to community health centers statewide as well as rural workforce and rural EMS issues in the state.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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The Impact of State Behavioral Health Reform on Native American Individuals, Families, and Communities
Examines the effects of healthcare reform in addressing healthcare gaps between tribally-operated facilities and the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the implications for Native Americans in New Mexico.
Author(s): Cathleen E. Willging, Jessica Goodkind, Louise Lamphere, et al.
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
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Preparing for a Public Sector Mental Health Reform in New Mexico: The Experience of Agencies Serving Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Reports on the differences in characteristics, infrastructure, financial status, and available services across mental health agencies in New Mexico. Examines the experience of rural provider agencies and makes a rural versus urban comparison.
Author(s): Rafael M. Semansky, Dominic Hodgkin, Cathleen E. Willging
Citation: Community Mental Health Journal, 48(3), 264-269
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Small Towns, Big Change
A series of articles that address the development and the challenges of building a robust economy focusing on the health and well-being of individuals living in the rural communities of Colorado and New Mexico. Published in the High Country News.
Type: Website
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Project ECHO New Mexico
Supports the ECHO model of sharing medical knowledge and expanding treatment capacity in areas of need, both rural and urban, by connecting local clinicians in weekly virtual clinics with specialists located at academic medical centers.
Type: Website
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Rural Border Health Topic Guide
Information and resources about U.S.-Mexico border health issues.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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New Mexico Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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ERS State Fact Sheet: New Mexico
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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New Mexico QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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New Mexico State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of New Mexico Resources.


Last Updated: 7/18/2018