New Mexico

New Mexico has a long history of legacy environmental issues that have impacted the health of citizens including effects from the mining industry, the presence of national laboratories and Air Force bases, and the extensive footprint of the energy industry. In addition, climate change conditions such as the increase in particulate matter from dust storms and wildfires, an increase in allergens, risks of flooding and resulting water quality issues, and heat stress are also impacting residents’ health.

These environmental factors, combined with our state’s large land mass and rural populations, socioeconomic factors such as poverty, lower levels of education and substandard housing, and a general lack of community resources have all helped to contribute to poor health outcomes for many New Mexicans, especially those residing in underserved communities.

This legacy, along with the health impacts of our changing climate, were part of the impetus to forming the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network in 2018. Our organization, compromised of medical, environmental and public health professionals throughout the state, is committed to binging a voice to the public policy space, advocating for environmental policies that positively impact public health.

The Network’s Mission

The Network is a group of advocates, whose mission is to protect public health through education and advocacy for environmental policies that affect New Mexican communities. We are nonpartisan and encourage a diversity of viewpoints.

Values of the Network

  • Effective communication of environmental public health protection to policymakers
  • Advocacy of environmental protection
  • Collaboration and Partnerships with health professionals
  • Equity and Transparency
  • Listen, reflect, evaluate, learn, re-assess

Advisory Board

Sam Baca, Community Organizer

Carol Romero-Wirth, Wirth Law Firm, Santa Fe City Council

Lance Chilton, MD Former NM Pediatric Society President; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Ana Rondon, NM Social Justice Equity Institute

Sanders Moore, Moore Consulting Strategies

David Gausson, NM Health Equity Partnership

Jessie Jenson, NM Health Equity Partnership

Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, Western Environmental Law Center

Janine Yazzie, Sixth World Solutions

Erin Englebrecht, City of Albuquerque

Doug Meiklejohn, NM Environmental Law Center

Shelly Mann-Levv, NM Public Health Association

Terri Rodriquez, NM Public Association of Community Health Councils

Teresa Seamster, Sierra Club

Susan Wilger, Public Health Institute