A measles outbreak in several states has been in the headlines for weeks. That got us thinking about the risks in New Mexico if measles shows up here. While looking in to the vaccination rates, we discovered that most New Mexicans are vaccinating their children but there are some concerns about whether the state will be able to maintain a high vaccination rate in the future.
NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus discusses the issue with Dr. Melissa Martinez, a pediatrician and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UNM School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez is also the co-chair of the Immunization Practices Advisory Council and a former president of the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians.
Albuquerque resident Sara Koplik (Director of Community Outreach for the Jewish Federation of New Mexico) tells us how her great-grandfather discovered a symptom that signals a patient has measles before they show other symptoms.
This week on New Mexico in Focus, we attend Wildlife and Public Lands Day at the Roundhouse and follow a citizen lobbyist as she receives training and guidance in how to reach out to lawmakers on important issues.
Education is also an important issue for both citizens and lawmakers. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line panelists talk about legislation that would require that third graders be held back if they can’t read proficiently at the end of the year. We also get the panelists reaction to recent news that graduation rates fell last year at all but one of the traditional high schools in Albuquerque. APS also announced that all students must have the measles vaccine within 10 days or they will have to stay home. NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus also sits down with Dr. Melissa Martinez to discuss what the measles outbreak in other states means for families in New Mexico.
President Obama proposes making the first two years of community college free for many students across the US. Would that help improve graduation rates from community colleges in New Mexico? Gwyneth Doland discusses the proposal with Kathy Winograd from CNM and Paul Gessing from the Rio Grande Foundation.
Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation
Dr. Melissa Martinez, pediatrician
Dr. Katharine Winograd – president of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)
Janie Chodosh, writer and citizen lobbyist
Merritt Allen, Principal and Executive Director, Vox Optima, LLC
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephen Spitz, KUNM’s New Mexico People Places and Ideas
Margaret Wright, New Mexico Political Report
The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.