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This week on New Mexico in Focus…

Correspondent Megan Kamerick interviews Dr. Tracie Collins, UNM’s current dean of the College of Population Health. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Collins as the new leader of New Mexico’s Department of Health.  The pair talks about the state’s pandemic response, COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable communities, and how Dr. Collins will tackle the cabinet secretary position she’ll assume in December. 

Some of Albuquerque’s top doctors held another press conference this week to talk about how to cope with the new stay-at-home order, especially as the holiday season approaches. NMiF presents an excerpt from that meeting. 

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists talk about new COVID restrictions that went into effect this week, as New Mexico continues to set ominous new virus records. The Line also discusses the Indian Health Service decision to suspend emergency and in-patient care at the Acoma-Cañoncito-Laguna Hospital. For the final topic, The Line takes a look at how lawmakers may convene for their 60-day session starting in January – and how they might structure their imminent pandemic relief special session. 

Host: Gene Grant

In Focus Interviews:
UNM Dean Named Next NM Health Secretary 
Correspondent: Megan Kamerick  
Guest: Dr. Tracie Collins, New Mexico Dept. of Health secretary-designate 

Doctors on Coping with Stay-at-Home Order
Dr. Rohini McKee, chief quality & safety officer, UNM Hospital 
Dr. Denise A. Gonzales, medical director, Presbyterian Medical Group

The Line Opinion Panel:    
Dan Foley, former state representative 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR 
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Laura Sanchez, attorney