November 23, 2005

Contact: Cindy Foster (505) 272-0260;Courtney Smith (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The staff of the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM-PRC), part of the UNM Health Sciences Center , recently received an award from the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). Each year, the NIHB awards individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions for health promotion and disease prevention in Native American communities.

The NIHB was established in 1972, and is the highest Indian Tribal authority on health care and policy representing all of the 562 tribes in the United States . The 12 member regional representatives advocate for quality health care to Congress on behalf of tribal governments.

On October 18, 2005 , at the NIHB annual conference in Phoenix , the UNM-PRC staff received a Local Impact Award highlighting their efforts to provide proficient health care to all Native Americans. "We are honored to be recognized by the NIHB. Everyone involved here strives to make prevention a priority for Native Americans. This award proves that our hard work isn't going unnoticed, "said Sally Davis, M.D., the director of UNM-PRC.