According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico is using more HPV vaccine to protect more adolescents against cancers. Dr. Patti Gravitt, a UNM HPV epidemiologist, encourages parents to get their kids vaccinated between the recommended ages of eleven and twelve.
About 40 percent of the New Mexico state prison population battles the hepatitis C virus, and most of those incarcerated now will be released within ten years. An innovative program developed by UNM's Project ECHO® trains select prisoners to educate the general population at their prison about hepatitis C and other key health issues, and how to reduce the chances of transmission.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons at UNM Hospital can now help treat patients in rural communities, thanks to an expanding telemedicine program. The UNM Health Sciences Center recently received a $15 million grant to test and expand a video network that is providing much needed specialty care to rural New Mexico hospitals. Dr. Howard Yonas, chairman of the UNM Department of Neurosurgery, explains how it works.
Gov. Susana Martinez and Bernalillo County Commission Chairwoman Debbie O’Malley helped hospital administrators, health care providers and community partners break ground on a new community clinic that will help meet a growing demand for medical services in Albuquerque's North Valley.
With key support from the NM Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), UNM’s Center for Development and Disabilities (CDD) is participating in a home-visiting health program that connects licensed nurses and new mothers to share knowledge and support for at-risk young families.
“The critical component here is our nurses,” says Nurse Family Partnership's Principle Investigator Marcia Moriarta. “They’re highly qualified, incredibly empathetic, enormously patient and truly caring. Our CDD nursing professionals make great home visitors and have been the strength of this nationally recognized, evidenced-based program.”
When CPR is administered within the first minute on a person undergoing sudden cardiac arrest, chances of survival increase exponentially. Renay Silva, a UNM CPR instructor, explains how training drills can prepare the campus community to help save lives.
Art from a patient's perspective is the focus of a new exhibit at the UNM Hospital. "Healing for the time-being," showcases art by nine New Mexican former and current patients.
Graduate student Anna White wants to make a big difference in the lives of women in underserved communities. After completing her education as a nurse-midwife at UNM's College of Nursing, Anna plans to give back to her community in Santa Fe by empowering pregnant mothers.
The UNM College of Nursing recently launched a virtual clinic for advanced nurse practitioners and midwifes.
The clinic, based on the ECHO model, will help New Mexico clinicians provide quality patient care while retaining them in underserved communities.
About 400 middle and high school students got an inside look at the UNM Health Sciences Center’s state-of-the-art research facilities, simulations labs and other academic programs. The open house – organized by the UNM School of Medicine – gave students a glimpse of the kind of training and career opportunities that await, should they pursue medical education at UNM.
Looking for last minute gift ideas for the kids in your life? A UNM Hospital pediatrician is recommending “the gift of a healthy brain.”
Project ECHO has created four patient care and education "superhubs" in various parts of the world. The superhubs will help improve health care by replicating the virtual ECHO model in underserved communities.