November 2018 Newsletter
Partner Spotlight - Maria D. Otero
Maria D. Otero, BS is the Founder and Director of Hispanic/Latino Outreach Programs for  Nuestra Salud (Our Health) , a small community–based organization whose mission is to reduce health disparities affecting Hispanic communities in New Mexico through research, training, and outreach. Maria works with statewide partners to build capacity to reach minority and medically underserved populations, offering expertise in areas such as program planning, evaluation, translation and interpretation.
As a trained public health educator, Maria has been involved in maternal & child health, tobacco control, cancer prevention and for the past 23 years with minority populations in southern and northern New Mexico. Maria assists community partners to implement evidence-based, culturally-sensitive and culturally-relevant programs, emphasizing development and inclusion of language appropriate educational materials. Maria is an experienced national and bi-national conference and workshop presenter. She has trained  National Cancer Institute (NCI) partners in multiple states to implement community-based cancer control interventions. She also served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Hispanic/Latino programs at the Office of Community Partnerships and Cancer Health Disparities at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center (the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in NM).
Under Otero's leadership, over 10,000 New Mexico underserved Spanish-speaking community members were provided cancer, diabetes, and heart disease education; and screening and referral services on an annual basis. Maria has partnered with the NM Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control and McKee Wallwork & Company in developing educational processes and conducting needs assessment for the Spanish-speaking community. This has included planning, implementing, disseminating and evaluating the DEJELO Ya, the Spanish Tobacco Quit line for the state of New Mexico. Ms. Otero is an active member of the Chronic Disease Prevention Council and the Tobacco Policy Workgroup, and is a member of the statewide Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Spanish-speaking special population.
Thanksgiving Holidays - November 22-23, 2018
The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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We wish you and yours a very happy & safe Thanksgiving!

“Let us be thankful to the people who bring us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust
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America’s Other Drug Problem: Critical Medication Management Considerations for the Older Patient

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