Where: UNM Children's Hospital, 3 ACC Lobby

Contact: Laura Cowley, 505/231-2092

When: Thursday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.

Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico's Lieutenant Governor has been awarded the 2004 CHILD HEALTH ADVOCATE AWARD from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).This national award was established in 1991 to recognize the significant accomplishments of public officials who have served as a voice for children in state and local government arenas.

"Raising our children is a shared responsibility, in which families and communities work collaboratively with state and local agencies to make sure our children are at the heart of what we do," said Denish. "I am honored and humbled to receive this award from such a prestigious organization."

The national award recognizes individuals for their contributions to child health and safety and serves as a stimulus for continued action in child advocacy. Past recipients of this prestigious award include former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Florida Senator Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Indiana Senator Vi S. Simpson.

The New Mexico Pediatric Society (NMPS), a chapter of the AAP, nominated Lt. Governor Denish for the national award in March. She was chosen among several nominees across the country. The NMPS selected Lt. Governor Denish as their nominee for her role in assisting the Agenda for New Mexico's Children steering committee and her role as chair of the Children's Cabinet.

Lt. Governor Denish will be presented the Child Health Advocate Award on Thursday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. Please meet in the UNM Hospital Main Lobby to be escorted to the UNM Children's Hospital. For more information on the American Academy of Pediatrics please call (847) 434-4000.