News for New Mexico Caregivers
March 2014






About the Coalition:

The New Mexico Caregivers Coalition is a statewide 501(c)6 organization created to promote the voice of family and professional caregivers and those they serve. We advocate for direct care workers' education, training, benefits, wages and professional development. 





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Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Officials of the Kansas City Fed were in New Mexico recently to learn how NMDCC is collaborating with other agencies and organizations to promote caregivers and improve the workforce. Read the full article HERE to learn how the Fed is joining workforce development with health care to improve conditions for caregivers.


Update on Listening to Carlsbad Caregivers
Thank you Carlsbad and Artesia residents who attended "Listening to Carlsbad Caregivers" session late February. Family caregivers, family living providers, professional caregivers, state and local resources including a health insurance broker participated. Thank you Senior Circle, a program of the Carlsbad Medical Center, for hosting NMDCC.

National Alliance for Caregiving

It's not too late to register for the 8th Annual National Alliance for Caregiving, March 12 in San Diego, CA. The national coalitions meeting is held in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Society on Aging. Details are HERE,

NM Direct Caregivers Coalition' was invited by the National Alliance for Caregiving to share with their national audience how our Listening to Caregivers sessions are a strategy for statewide and national advocacy! 


2014 Legislative Outcomes for Caregivers

2014 was a good year in the legislature for caregiver recognition: 


House Joint Memorial 4, sponsored by State Representative Tomas Salazar, creates a state plan for addressing the challenges of family caregivers. 


State Representative Kelly Fajardo's HJM 20 convenes a task force to identify infrastructure for ensuring the safety of care recipients and caregivers. Both memorials passed both houses of the legislature unanimously and now go to the Governor's desk for signature.


Join NMDCC Saturday, Mar 8 at 10:00am in Espaola, NM

NMDCC wants to hear from Espa�ola-area caregivers about resources, needs and solutions. Come out and visit Saturday, March 8, 10:00 am at Rio Arriba Health Commons, 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Espa�ola, NM. 


Target audience includes family and professional caregivers serving persons who are elderly and/or those with disabilities; caregiver advocates; agency staff. Care recipients and family members are especially urged to attend. Brokers will be available to help make appointments for health insurance and to describe Federal premium subsidies available to those who qualify.


NMDCC will deliver "Customized Training for Caregivers" to wage-earning and family caregivers of Santa Clara Pueblo on March 14-15. Training delivers skills every caregiver should know before providing care. Training also prepares graduates to earn the nationally-recognized Direct Care Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential, an affordable credential and mark of excellence. Let us know if you'd like to to host a training.