Healthy and Safe Communities

This PowerPoint looks at some possible funding sources for New Mexico's child abuse prevention programs, as well as presents the NM S.A.F.E. campaign as a good model for determining if legislation would protect future victims from violent crime. Presented at the UNM Health Sciences Center’s conference, Childhood Adversity: The impact of Maltreatment—Definitions, Prevention and Intervention Strategies. (Feb. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint looks at how reinstating the tax on groceries would impact the health of New Mexico’s already-food-insecure families. Presented at the NM Public Health Association’s Health Policy Legislative Forum. (Dec. 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation that looks are some of the reasons child hunger is so pervasive in New Mexico as well as policy solutions from our NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us campaign that would help. Presented at the Interfaith Hunger Coalition's Hunger 101 Workshop in Albuquerque. (Sept. 2016) Read more
This PowerPoint, presented at the 2016 SEED Conference, looks at some of the economic issues around food insecurity, policy solutions to address them, and tips for advocating on behalf of food-insecure families. (June 2016) Read more
Every year, as we continue to give away much-needed revenue in the form of ineffective tax cuts, New Mexico must revisit this choice: do we protect tax cuts for corporations and the rich and continue to under-fund critical services like health care and education or do we raise new revenue and invest in the programs that make New Mexico’s people and economy strong and healthy? (Fact sheet; May 2016) Read more
For a quarter of a century New Mexico has been under a court order to improve how it processes applications for food and health care benefits. Yet it continues to be in contempt of court. This fact sheet looks at the problems and presents solutions. Produced in conjunction with the NM Center on Law and Poverty. (Fact sheet; March 2016) Read more
Many low-wage occupations do not come with benefits like paid sick leave. So workers who are already earning low wages have to forfeit those wages in order to stay at home to tend a sick child or care for themselves. The U.S. has no national policy, so states and cities are taking up the issue. With the lowest rate in the nation of workers with paid sick leave, New Mexico has much to gain by enacting such legislation. (A Working Poor Families Project report; Feb. 2016) Read more
Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. The Medicaid expansion has been good for our economy. By increasing demand for health care, Medicaid has created some of the only job growth the state has seen over the last year. And job growth will likely remain strong in the years ahead. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. Actually, there more than 800,000 reasons to fully fund Medicaid—because that’s how many New Mexicans are able to receive health care thanks to the program. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. Besides decreasing hospital stays for those who are uninsured, the Medicaid expansion is good for the state piggy bank in other ways, because federal funding is now covering medical bills the state used to pay. We’re also bringing in new revenue. In all, the expansion will more than pay for itself until 2021. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
Next Page »