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Legislative Session Outcomes, Gun Policies, Cancer Treatment in New Mexico, Dr. George Fischbeck

This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant discusses the outcomes of the recent legislative session with a special panel of former state lawmakers. This year’s sixty day session was a contentious one. What does that mean for politics this year and in 2016?

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with two experts on state and national gun policies. The rate of gun-related deaths in New Mexico is higher than the national average. What steps could state leaders take to address this issue?

Producer Sarah Gustavus speaks with Dr. Angela Wandinger-Ness from the UNM Cancer Center about innovations in cancer treatment in New Mexico and encouraging local students to consider a career in medicine and cancer treatment. NMPBS will air the Ken Burns documentary Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies this weekend. Viewers can post their own stories about cancer on a special online wall available through the film’s website.

Finally, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. George Fischbeck, a popular television meteorologist who got his start in New Mexico.

Josh Horwitz, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV)
Dr. Beth McGinty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Angela Wandinger-Ness, UNM Cancer Center

Janice Arnold-Jones, Former NM State Representative
Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator
Dan Foley, Former NM House Minority Whip
Eric Griego, Former NM State Senator

Gwyneth Doland, @GwynethDoland
Sarah Gustavus, @SarahGustavus

Host: Gene Grant

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.

Episode 837 for air March 27, 2015

Vaccinating Children In New Mexico

In Focus: Vaccination Rates

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.


Senate Bill 121: Vaccine Purchasing Act
CDC: Vaccine Safety
New Mexico Department of Health: Immunization Program

Web Extra: Koplik Spots 

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.