December 10, 2008

Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Membership-Supported Giving Society Proffers Funds for NM Health Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - University medical schools generally are thought of as the beneficiaries of grant and scholarship money. UNM School of Medicine flips that paradigm with its annual La Tierra Sagrada Society Awards and scholarships to further support and advance health care issues distinctive to Albuquerque and New Mexico. This year’s La Tierra Sagrada project recipients are:

PROJECT

Fit Is Fun: The Tijeras Healthy Lifestyle Program

DESCRIPTION

This after-school health and fitness program conducted at Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras Canyon will address the childhood obesity epidemic at the community level.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Roosevelt Middle School, Tijeras, NM

AWARD & RECIPIENT

$7,841 - S. Yvonne Ellington, MPA, PA-C, UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine.

 

PROJECT

Formative Assessment of Rural High Schools in Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Type II Diabetes

DESCRIPTION

This study will investigate rural key stakeholders’ perspectives of feasible and sustainable changes that might be acceptable within the school environment to support high school students in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

NM Department of Health; Belen and Socorro high schools

AWARD & RECIPIENT

$5,290 - Alberta Kong, M.D., MPH, UNM Department of Pediatrics

 

PROJECT

Metropolitan Homeless Project: An Opportunity for UNM Homeless Patients

DESCRIPTION

This project increases the number of respite beds for hospital inpatients that are homeless and too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets but not ill enough to require hospitalization.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Metropolitan Homeless Project

AWARD & RECIPIENT

$13,805 - Lily Velarde, Ph.D., MPA, UNM Department of Family & Community Medicine

 

PROJECT

Centralized Resources to Assist Rural EMS - The Rapid Sequence Airway Demonstration Project

DESCRIPTION

The project team will implement a Rapid Sequence Airway program for Espanola Valley Emergency Medical Service and demonstrate centralized medical direction, education and quality assurance resources.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Espanola Valley Emergency Medical Services

AWARD & RECIPIENT

$15,188 - Darren Braude, MD, UNM Department of Emergency Medicine

La Tierra Sagrada, Spanish for "The Sacred Earth," was established in 1996 by Paul Roth, M.D., UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the UNM School of Medicine. Since 2003, the society has awarded $325,000 in medical student scholarship and community based grants.

"A significant part of our mission at the UNM Health Sciences Center is to advance health care in our communities, addressing health issues that impact New Mexicans specifically," explains Roth. "La Tierra Sagrada is a mechanism through which we can raise funds to establish research projects with real dividends for our own relatives and neighbors."

La Tierra Sagrada Society is a member-driven organization dedicated to medical education, research and healing. Its membership is comprised of corporate and private entities. One hundred percent of annual membership donations directly benefit the School of Medicine through medical student scholarships and seed money for community research partnership grants.

For more information about La Tierra Sagrada, call 505/272-8413 or visit http://hsc.unm.edu/som/development/latierra.shtml .


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322