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This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a conversation about behavioral health services for teens across the state.

Earlier this year, correspondent Russell Contreras sat down with civil rights leader and New Mexico native Dolores Huerta, who co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers (UFW) along with Cesar Chávez.  This week we feature their full conversation, where Huerta talks about the current political climate in the United States, her history of organizing, and why she is hopeful for the future.

And NMiF re-broadcasts Megan Kamerick’s interview about the Indigenous comics scene with Lee Francis of Native Realities Press and Dale Deforest, creator of the Hero Twins comics. Francis opened Red Planet Books and Comics in Albuquerque earlier this month.

Host: Gene Grant

Russell Contreras
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights leader
Michele Herling, executive director of the Compassionate Touch Network
Maika Padilla, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in Albuquerque
Dr. George Davis, retired specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry
Dr. Andrew Hsi, director of the Institute for Resilience, Health and Justice at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Lee Francis, Native Realities Press
Dale DeForest, creator of the Hero Twins comic

Line Panelists: No Line


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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1 Comment

  1. Sieglinde Alexander on June 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Dear Ms. Kamerick
    A very important subject: “NMiF discusses behavioral health services for teens”. Thank you.
    May I encourage a discussion on the subject why Children have behavioral problem?
    If we really like to make a difference we need to focus on scientific facts and address the core issue, because cognitive intervention has no impact in these cases.
    After you may read the link I provide (The Biological Effects of Childhood Trauma you will see why and also enter this most hushed up subject. The problem you will find is denial, defense and most of all ignorance, and not only in society also in the medical and psychological profession.
    I don’t make this statement carelessly. I, as a childhood victim with extreme trauma experience, and founder of “Adults Abused as Children Worldwide” for 22 years (closed in 2016), came face to face with years of useless and costly “help”.
    Because health profession delivers only cathartic intervention I’m in the process of writing my second book with the title: “The Imprint”.
    Over the years I have collected all available scientific research on the subject at:
    I hope you will find time in your very busy schedule to read “The Biological Effects of Childhood Trauma”.
    Sieglinde Alexander