All posts by Ashley Rammelsberg

Rural Education Town Hall: Every Day Matters

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
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One of the most important predictors of student success is consistent attendance.

This special rural education town hall takes a close look how to help keep kids stay in school and what keeps them coming back. Parents, students, educators and community stakeholders from rural Central New Mexico gathered in the NMPBS/KNME studio for a candid, solution oriented conversation about attendance and student success. Panelists and members of the audience discussed how to prevent chronic absence. One solution that came up over and over is the importance of a supportive relationship with an adult, whether it is a teacher, a parent or a friend.

Moderator Sarah Gustavus of NM PBS/KNME was joined by three veteran educators: Tony Monfiletto – The Director of The New Mexico Center for School Leadership, Richard Luarkie – former Governor of Laguna Pueblo and a longtime education leader in his tribe, and Audie Brown – Superintendent of The Estancia School District.

This town hall is a key part of a larger community initiative to create awareness around the important issue of attendance. A great deal of planning and research went into preparing for this town hall and other events such as the Mission Graduate Attendance Summit and the Attendance Awareness project. New Mexico PBS/KNME partnered with New Mexico Learning Alliance and LittleGlobe in holding community conversations and media workshops at Bernalillo High School, Estancia High School, Los Lunas High School and The School of Dreams Academy In Los Lunas. They collected student’s thoughts about the challenges they face and what keeps them engaged in school. Their personal videotaped stories helped frame later conversations in the community and in the TV town hall.

Watch this month’s PUBLIC SQUARE “Rural Education Town Hall: Every Day Matters” on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm on Channel 5.1, hosted by Sarah Gustavus.

Funding for the production of this Public Square program is provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation working to improve the lives of vulnerable children. This program is the result of a partnership with Mission: Graduate and funded locally by the United Way of Central New Mexico. And, this program is part of American Graduate, let’s make it happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“Kids don’t care how much you know. They care how much you care. You need to care. You need to feel connection.”
Byron Taylor, Estancia High School Teacher

“Some of the disengagement between staff and students is the fact that we have so much testing that is taking place in our classrooms.”
Audie Brown, Superintendent, Estancia Municipal School District

“One of the problems is we think of school as preparation for life instead of thinking about school is life.”
Tony Monfiletto, Director, New Mexico Center for School Leadership

Cancer: Connecting to Cultures

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
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Cancer used to be a death sentence and many feared even talking about it. That has changed drastically in the last few decades — at least in “mainstream America.”

But what about in our diverse communities in New Mexico? Overall, cancer is still more common in the Anglo population than in Native American or Hispanic/Latino communities. However, that is starting to shift. And screening rates in these communities tend to be lower. Thus it’s common for cancer to be detected at later stages. That, along with other factors, leads to worse outcomes in terms of surviving cancer. Also certain types of cancer are actually higher among these groups, such as colon cancer in Hispanics, and cancer of the gall bladder and kidney in Native Americans.

What are the challenges in talking about cancer in Hispanic and Native communities? Why aren’t people getting earlier screenings? What role does access to care play? And how can we change these outcomes in New Mexico?

On this month’s Public Square, as part of linking to the new Ken Burns documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” we’ll explore these questions with Hispanic and Native survivors of cancer, advocates and health workers, as well as data experts. And we’ll talk about solutions with Joaquin Baca and Dr. Art Kaufman at the University of New Mexico.

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE is provided in part by American Graduate and a new, 2-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“Some of our community members don’t want their community members their families to even know that they’ve been diagnosed with this.”
Jean Pino, Community Health Representative, Zia Pueblo

“It was amazing someone was talking to me in my own language about my issue.”
Carmengloria Wichelns, Cancer survivor and peer mentor with Comadre a Comadre

“Everybody providing healthcare has to be culturally competent.”
Charles Wiggins, Director and Principal Investigator, New Mexico Tumor Registry

“A pap test, something you can go into a facility and they can do very simply, that you can get. But if you need a colonoscopy, you better get in line.”
Emily Haozous, Assistant Professor, UNM College of Nursing

“We need more Native physicians, Hispanic physicians, nurses at all levels of the field of primary care and medicine.”
Dr. Gayle Dine’ Chacon, Family Medicine Physician, Sandia Pueblo

Panelist Participant List

Community Panel:
Helen D. Bird
Single Parent,
Cancer Survivor Advocate
Alcohol substance abuse counselor
Santo Domingo Pueblo

Dr. Gayle Dine’ Chacon
Medical Director, Sandia Pueblo Health Center

David Espey, MD
CDC/NCCDPHP Medical Officer for Tribal Affairs
Assigned to Albuquerque, NM

Emily Haozous PhD., RN
Assistant Professor, UNM College of Nursing
Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache

Jean Pino
Community Health Representative Coordinator, Zia Pueblo

Iris V. Reano
Pueblo de Cochiti Health Program Director

Dalila Romero
Patient Navigator, Comadre a Comadre Program
Breast cancer survivor of 20 years
Comadre office: 277-2398

Elba Saavedra
Director, Faculty, UNM College of Education, Comadre a Comadre Program
Comadre office: 277-2398

Simon E. Suina
Community Health Representative
Pueblo de Cochiti

Carmengloria Wichelns
Cancer survivor and peer mentor with Comadre à Comadre

Chuck Wiggins
Director, New Mexico Tumor Registry

Leadership Panel:
Joaquin Baca
Program Director, Health Sciences Center, Vice Chancellor for Community Health

Arthur Kauffman
Professor & Vice Chancellor, UNM Office for Community Health

Family Friendly Workplaces

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
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Around 64 percent of mothers with children under age six work, according to federal statistics. In 40 percent of households with children, women are now the sole or primary breadwinners. Yet many employers haven’t shifted policies to reflect those changes and the United States is the only developed country without paid maternity or parental leave for workers.

Studies have found that policies like maternity and paternity leave, lactation programs, childcare and eldercare, and flexible scheduling have positive impacts on the health and economic stability of employees and families. Such policies also correspond with increased sales and higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and lower health-related expenses.

In this month’s Public Square, we talk about family-friendly workplace policies with employers and employees, policy experts and advocates. Community leaders include Giovanna Rossi of Collective Action Strategies, Danny Jarrett, a labor law attorney who serves on the board of the Association of Commerce and Industry, and Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez.

Family Friendly Workplaces RESOURCES.

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE is provided in part by American Graduate and a new, 2-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“When we have such a poor state and we don’t have family friendly policies we just work to keep the poor people poorer.”
Giovanna Rossi , Collective Action Strategies

“We’re talking about a lot of different things that really allow people … to have a dignified standard of living and the ability to manage work and families.”
Harry Van Buren, professor, Anderson School of Management

“Some 46 percent of women in workplace are pregnant or are planning to give birth at some point in time during the period that they are working. So yes, we do need protections for them.”
Pamelya Herndon, executive director, Southwest Women’s Law Center

“Are we looking at the well-being of the next generation? What is the legacy that I’m going to leave as an employer as somebody who does business in New Mexico.”
Jessica Aranda, program director, Southwest Creations Collaborative

“We are constantly in conflict between those demands of the workplace and our demands at home, and when families are under that kind of stress, nobody gets what they need.”
Ona Porter, CEO, Prosperity Works

Community Participants

Erika Abeyta
HR Manager, POD, Inc
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Jessica Aranda
Program Director, Southwest Creations
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Adriana Candelaria
Director of Operations, Betty’s Bath & Day Spa
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Cindy Chavez
State Coordinator, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Website
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Pamelya Herndon
Executive Director – SW Women’s Law Center
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Flor López
Leadership Development Manager
Southwest Creations
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Ben Montgomery
Service Technician
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Ona Porter
CEO Prosperity Works
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Harry Van Buren
Professor, Anderson School of Management
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Carmichael Dominguez
City Councilor – City of Santa Fe
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Danny W. Jarrett
Managing Shareholder, Jackson Lewis, P.C.,
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Giovanna Rossi
President, Collective Action Strategies LLC
Co-Chair, NM Work-Life Balance Task Force
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