From the President’s Activity Report (September 17-23)

Dean’s Office   Staff member Patrick Mendoza was part of a team of peer educators that instructed over 200 Las Cruces High School students in the Advocacy at Work program.  The project, by Public Health Sciences faculty members Cynthia Kratzke and Satya Rao, develops community health projects that integrate health and advocacy.

School of Nursing   A number of level 3 students from the School of Nursing attended the Domenici Conference last week as a learning tool for their required mental health advocacy project. The group obtained important information about policy and advocacy, and how it could be applied to their project, while also gaining valuable information as students in the nursing profession.

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School of Social Work   Dr. Erika Gergerich has recently joined the faculty at Memorial Medical Family Center to help train students from various backgrounds to function inter-professionally in a medical setting. Social work was introduced to the patient care team last year for the first time. This year, two first-year NMSU social work students will be trained alongside medical residents, nursing and medical anthropology students to obtain a better understanding of this important interdisciplinary work.

Department of Public Health   This week the College and Department of Public Health Sciences co-sponsored two events intended to increase awareness of health-related governmental policies.  Events included a keynote address and day-long workshop for county and city employees.  Primary event organizers were Jamie Michael from the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services and Joe Tomaka from the Department of Public Health Sciences, both who are board members for the Doña Ana County Wellness Institute. Dean Wagner provided closing remarks for the keynote address.

Drs. Cynthia Kratzke and Satya Rao led over 200 students in Las Cruces High School classes last week as they participated in the Advocacy at Work program. Ten trained undergraduate Public Health Science students acted as peer educators for the high school training and are integrating health and advocacy into communities by developing community health projects.

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