July 5, 2019 – Michael Bird is a familiar face on New Mexico in Focus as a regular contributor to the Line opinion panel segments. But he also has a long history of public health service. He was the first Native American to serve as president of the American Public Health Association. Last year, he was named one of the 75 most influential alumni of the past 75 years by the University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health. His work has focused on medical social work, health care administration and public health policy. Bird sits down with NMiF correspondent Megan Kamerick to talk about his nearly three decades in public health, as well as his efforts to address health disparities for Native Americans.
Michael Bird, Past President, American Public Health Association
April 11, 2019 – At the end of a weeklong span that saw police officers responding to more than a half-dozen violent deaths, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Mike Geier unveiled a plan to address gun violence in the city. Branding crime in Albuquerque a public health issue, the mayor has asked for extra police action, including interacting with neighborhoods outside of taking calls for service, targeting illegal gun sales, and standardizing shooting response protocols. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look into Albuquerque’s crime statistics and debate the mayor’s plan to address gun violence.
Line Panelists: Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & KKOB radio host
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, senior director, government relations and regulatory counsel, Affirm Inc.