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2017 National Public Health Week Celebration! 

A department celebration was held Tuesday, April 11, to recognize the selected regional unsung public health heroes. NMSU students in PHLS 375 Foundations of Health Education class coordinated the event. Mesilla Valley Community of Hope received the Community Organization Public Health Hero Award. Jamie Michael, director of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department, received the Community Leader Public…
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2017 New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) Conference News!

Thursday, April 6, the plenary session included a dynamic presentation of Advocacy at Work project with NMSU undergraduate peer educators teaching in Las Cruces High School. The work was funded by a Con Alma Foundation grant. Left to right in picture – Dr. Rao, Brianna Rodriquez, Ruben Marquez (project coordinator), Dr. Cindy Kratzke. Congrats to our new leadership on NMPHA Board…
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Okhumode Yakubu leads initiative to use biodegradable food service products on campus

Okhumode Yakubu, MPH student, led an initiative to replace styrofoam with  bio-degradable products from campus food service areas. This student-led public health and environmental health initiative is important for sustainability and our health.  Styrene, a monomer of polystyrene (styrofoam), is considered a “reasonably anticipated carcinogen” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Polystrene does not biodegrade. ASNMSU supported the initiative with recent approval…
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Crimson Research Awarded by the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation

Crimson Research was awarded $94,133 from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation for their project entitled Using Sequential Intercept Mapping And Community Partnership to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma in Otero County.  Dr. Michele Banner of Crimson Research is PI for the project and Joe Tomaka is Co-I.  The primary objective of the program is to…
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NMSU study on cancer education for Hispanic mothers needs participants

DATE: 10/26/2016 WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Rebecca Palacios, 575-646-4309, rpalacio@nmsu.edu Researchers in the Department of Public Health Sciences in New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services have launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic family dynamics and help the development of cancer education programs that serve…
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Exercise is Medicine on Campus campaign kicks off

Tiffany Acosta, for the Sun-News 1 a.m., MDT, October 19, 2016 Students will host the President’s Walk at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, with President Garrey Carruthers leading a walk from Hadley Hall to Corbett Center Student Union. LAS CRUCES – Walking is a simple form of exercise, and public health sciences undergraduate students at…
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NMSU Public Health Students Awarded in SWIHDR Competition

Clara Reyes (MPH student) and Lauren Freeman (MPH/MSW student) won second place in the poster competition at the 2016 Southwest Institute of Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) for their project titled “Cultural Tailoring the Enhancing Connections Program for Hispanic Mothers Diagnosed with Cancer in the Border Region.”

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Health in All Policies Luncheon & Keynote Address

  On September 8th and 9th, the Department of Public Health Sciences and College of Health and Social Services co-sponsored two events intended to increase awareness of the need and movement to consider the potential health impacts of all governmental policies.  Events included a keynote address on September 8 and a day-long workshop for county…
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Enhancing Connections

Teams from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and NMSU participated in a weeklong training on Enhancing Connections, a cancer education program for mothers diagnosed with cancer.  Drs. Fran Lewis (FHCRC) and Dr. Rebecca Palacios (NMSU), pictured on the left, are Co-PIs on a U54 NMSU-FHCRC Pilot Project that will adapt the Enhancing Connections program…
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Professors Satya Rao and Cindy Kratzke led the program integrating a culture of health and advocacy

Students and teachers in various Las Cruces High School classes are getting excited to begin developing projects for integrating a culture of health and advocacy into their communities. Ten undergraduate NMSU Public Health students attended a peer educator workshop led by Ruben Marquez in preparation to teach the health advocacy curriculum. They will conduct training from September to November at the high school. The program is led by professors Satya Rao and Cindy Kratzke, Dept. of…
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