Category Archives: Children

Keeping children fed during the summer months, behavioral health resources for immigrants and refugees, a conversation with “The Radium Girls” author Kate More, and a push to add more information to an ethics commission measure that heads to the ballot next fall

NMiF: Mental Health

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with local advocates who work with immigrants and refugees in part two in our series on behavioral health needs across our state. And she talks with Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls,” about how the poisoning of women who worked in factories with radium may have led to increased protections for workers in the Manhattan Project.

Producer Sarah Gustavus asks local experts what’s happening around New Mexico to address the gap in meals during the summer months when students can’t rely on breakfast and lunch at school. She also sits down with New Mexico in Depth data reporter Sandra Fish to talk about the latest reports on fundraising and lobbyist spending in Santa Fe.

And correspondent Gwyneth Doland and Douglas Carver from New Mexico Ethics Watch discuss the role for everyday New Mexicans in the creation of an independent ethics commission.

Host: Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Alissa Barnes, Roadrunner Food Bank
Kay Bounkeua, New Mexico Asian Family Center      
Douglas Carver, NM Ethics Watch
Jill Dixon, The Food Depot
Sandra Fish, New Mexico in Depth
Jessica Goodkind, Refugee Well-being Project
Patty Keane, UNM Prevention Research Center
Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls”
Eric Ndaheba, Refugee Well-being Project
Emiliano Perea, NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
Bill Wagner, Centro Sávila

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New Mexico State Senator Talks About Bill That Bans “Lunch Shaming”

New Mexico in Focus

April 12, 2017 - Schools in New Mexico will no longer be able to use "school lunch shaming" practices like making students clean the cafeteria for a hot meal or stamping their arm with a message for parents about lunch debt. Our state is the first in the nation to pass such legislation and the issue is receiving national, and international, news coverage this week.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sat down with Senator Michael Padilla to talk about how his experiences as a child influenced his work on the legislation and why he thinks it will help reduce stigmatization of poor kids in schools.