John Scarbrough, former faculty member in the School of Nursing, was honored as the College of Health and Social Services Distinguished Alumni last week. John received his Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from NMSU in 2010, and is currently leading the Western New Mexico University Nursing Program into as Associate Dean. Aggie nurses on the move!
John Scarbrough and Dean Wager
Jessica Cook, HSS Student Ambassador and School of Nursing student, spoke to high school students in two Mexican schools about what HSS has to offer. The students in the audience hope to attend NMSU, and Jessica’s recruitment efforts were appreciated. She is from Juarez herself, and felt strongly about the impact she has on high school students there. Hats off to Jessica for her leadership initiatives!
School of Social Work
Master of Social Work students Krystyna Gonzalez and Alejandra Quintana were recognized for their work as graduate assistants by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) for their involvement in creative research activities influencing national behavioral health policy, eliminating disparities, improving access to services, and improving the quality of treatment outcomes for Latino populations. Krystyna was also honored with the Merit-based Enhancement Award from the NMSU Graduate School for her excellent work engaged in the mission of the university.
The School of Social Work, along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Health Professionals Training Project continues to foster collaborative partnerships in our communities in New Mexico. Currently, Jemez Nation Tribal Court staff and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, who serves the homeless population in Albuquerque have been the latest recipient on this training program. Since the inception of this project 88 community agencies have received this public health approach that uses community settings as opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.