NEWS RELEASE

November 9, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico pediatrician Dr. Andrew Hsi has been honored by New Mexico Voices for Children (NMVC) as the 2007 Voice for Children award winner in the Medical Professional category.

Hsi is a professor and the director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the UNM Health Sciences Center. As an experienced pediatrician, he has focused on developing systems of care for children and families affected by prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, family violence, parental mental illnesses, and unsupported teen parenting. His research interests has included investigation into how primary care providers can structure patient encounters for primary and secondary prevention of complicated behaviorally-involved problems such as illicit drug use and domestic violence.

This is not the first award Hsi has received for his work in pediatric care. In 1999, he received the first national Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the accrediting organization for U.S. medical schools, and as an advocate for children in Albuquerque, he was awarded the Children’s Champion Award in 2001 from All Faith’s Receiving Home.

NMVC is celebrating its 20th anniversary by honoring 20 outstanding individuals or organizations that have made important contributions to the well-being of New Mexico’s children over the past 20 years.

Founded in 1987 by a group of pediatricians, NMVC is a progressive, nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization. NMVC works to eliminate child poverty and improve the health and well-being of New Mexico's children, families and communities by shaping public policy. For more information on NMVC, visitwww.nmvoices.org.