May 06 2020

Pandemic shows kids need their scheduled vaccines

2020-05-06T12:41:43-06:00Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Fear of COVID-19 has prompted parents to cancel well-child visits nationwide, putting millions of children at risk for whooping cough, measles and other life-threatening illnesses. But non-COVID-19 medical needs haven’t gone away, and it is just as essential to prevent other vaccine-preventable diseases like polio and meningitis as it is to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.

Mar 25 2020

We Can Prevent Neglect, Child Abuse by Working ‘Upstream’

2020-03-25T12:28:45-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

For the most part, I found New Mexico’s social workers to be kind, strong individuals. It also seemed evident that they are being asked to do one of the most difficult jobs in state government. Helping to decide the fate of children is no small matter, and even the best-intentioned decisions can go terribly wrong. 

Feb 03 2020

Coalition sues over Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel pollution

2020-02-04T12:04:53-07:00Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

The lawsuit is being brought by a coalition that includes the nonprofit groups Southwest Organizing Project and New Mexico Voices for Children; state Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque; state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque; state Rep. Andrés Romero, D-Albuquerque; and Albuquerque residents Lucille Cordova, Reynaluz Juarez and Dante Smith.

Jan 29 2020

Census funding bill heads to House Committee

2020-02-04T11:51:04-07:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Ensuring an accurate census count is crucial for improving child well-being in our state because so much of the funding for health, education, and food security programs that New Mexico kids depend upon is determined by the census,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

Nov 01 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham donates $100,000 to fight childhood hunger in NM

2019-11-04T15:28:53-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Officials with Kids Count, nonprofit that advocates for children, said the governor’s $100,000 donation to the newly-created New Mexico Hunger Action Fund is a step in the right direction. “But we also know we need to think bigger,” said Amber Wallin, director of Kids Count. “In order to really address childhood hunger in New Mexico, we need to think about wages, we need to think about tax policy in New Mexico, we need to make sure our low-income working families in New Mexico are prioritized."

Jun 26 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham aims to end child hunger in NM within a year

2019-06-27T16:19:57-06:00Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is promising to end child hunger in New Mexico within a year. “Maybe that's too high of a goal, I don't care,” Lujan Grisham said at the Kids Count Conference. “New Mexico needs to institute universal food security services and programs in this state and every single philanthropic partner has to be dedicated to making sure no child in this state will ever go hungry again ..."