COMMISSION SALUTES A DECADE OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

COMMISSION SALUTES A DECADE OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca issued a statement of support today to recognize the tenth anniversary of the state’s Maternal and Child Health Plan Act, which led to the development and creation of the Doña Ana County Maternal Child Health Council in 1991.
Apodaca hailed the legislation, which is administered by the New Mexico Department of Health, and which has enabled county governments throughout the state to improve the long-term health of residents through initiatives that address maternal and child-health needs.
Apodaca said Doña Ana County will send a representative to a special ceremony on Sept. 27, 2001, hosted by the New Mexico Association of County Maternal and Child Health Councils at Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria N.W., in Albuquerque beginning at 6 p.m.
“Comprehensive county maternal and child-health plans are useful tools for community members to identify needs and resources,” Apodaca said. “On behalf of the County Commission, I want to commend Melanie Goodman and her staff, who have done an outstanding job locally to help county government better understand area health concerns, which has helped us to leverage support for activities to improve community health overall.”
Doña Ana County is one of 26 counties with approved Maternal and Child Health plans, each of which was designed by a locally appointed council. In Doña Ana County, the council includes representatives of area health care providers, business owners, parents and youth. The council works with community members and local and state governments to coordinate strategic efforts to improve the health of communities.
As part of its reason to celebrate a decade of service, the Doña Ana County Maternal Child Health Council has successfully advocated for increased services to families in areas ranging from parenting resource centers to culturally-appropriate prenatal care.
For more information about the Doña Ana County Maternal Child Health Council, call (505) 524-0767.