UNM HEROs Program Opens Office in Hobbs

Resident Activist Evelyn Rising to Direct Office

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM's HEROs (Health Extension Rural Office) Program has opened an office in Hobbs, NM, directed by Evelyn Rising through the Hobbs Head Start Office, 950 E. Snyder St.

The HEROs Program grew out of community input and recommendations as to how the HSC can best help communities achieve greater capacity to address their own needs and improve their measures of health. HEROs links community priority health need with UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) resources to achieve measurable improvement in health status.

HEROs team members provide technical assistance, training and education, facilitation, consultation, coaching, links to the HSC and advocacy. HEROs agents live in the community; link local health needs with UNM resources; improve local health services and systems; encourage youth to finish school and enter health careers; recruit and retain a local health workforce; bring the latest research and health care practices to community; and strengthen community capacity to address local health problems.

Rising, a well-known community activist, has been a resident of Hobbs for more than 25 years. She is first vice president of International Women in Emergency Management, and most recently was associate academic dean of the University of the Southwest and Lifestyles editor for the Hobbs News Daily Sun. “I’m excited be in this unique position to help empower the Hobbs community in improving its health,” Rising says. “I can’t wait to get started.”

"Ms. Rising, our newest HERO, will link health programs and resources from UNM to health priorities identified by communities in Hobbs, in Lea County and in the southeast counties of the state,” remarks Art Kaufman, M.D., UNM’s vice chancellor for Community Health. “Evelyn Rising is yet another dedicated agent who will help New Mexico to make the most progress in health and health equity than any other state by 2020. We welcome her energy and vitality.”

Visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/community/heros/index.shtmlfor more information on HEROs.

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