COUNTY HEALTH FORUM SLATED FOR JULY 27 AT LAS CRUCES HIGH SCHOOL

COUNTY HEALTH FORUM SLATED FOR JULY 27 AT LAS CRUCES HIGH SCHOOL

The Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Alliance and the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services have scheduled “Together for Change/Juntos por Cambio: The Future of Healthcare in Doña Ana County,” a forum on health-care issues in Doña Ana County.

The event will feature an open community forum on the evening of Wednesday, July 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Las Cruces High School North Commons at 1755 El Paseo in Las Cruces. Doña Ana County’s main providers of medical care will give brief presentations about the services that their institutions provide. Following the presentations, members of the community will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues of interest.

Doña Ana County Branch Community College President Dr. Margie Huerta will be the event moderator.

“This event represents an opportunity for all residents and decision-makers in Doña Ana County to come together and discuss primary-care health issues that affect all of us,” Huerta said. “Anyone who has an interest in keeping health care affordable and responsive should make time to attend this groundbreaking event.”

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Bill McCamley agreed.

“This forum is critical to keeping the community involved as we look at primary-care health issues on a broader and more ambitious scale. We want to see as much participation as possible from people with a wide range of perspectives, questions, and ideas. This is a key chance for everyone to hear each other’s concerns.”

On July 30, the Health and Human Services Alliance will take issues raised at the community forum and use them to facilitate a roundtable discussion between providers and other healthcare stakeholders in the county.

“The July 27 event gives us the opportunity to listen and take notes,” said Dr. Frank Crespin, chairman of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Alliance. “The roundtable on July 30 will give us an opportunity to take an initial step toward identifying priorities that stem from the community discussion.”

The Health and Human Services Alliance was formed to advise the county’s department of Health and Human Services about health care issues in Doña Ana County.

Community members needing transportation from rural parts of the county or who require on-site childcare may request these services in advance by calling (505) 528-7900 by Wednesday, July 20. Calls will be accepted during business hours. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Media packets will be available at the Wednesday forum or in advance by calling Williams at (505) 647-7229.