Nov 17, 2022 –
We recently let you know that Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg, an advisory committee member of the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network (a project of NM Voices for Children), gave a presentation at the New Mexico Health and Human Services Committee interim legislative committee on the importance of funding initiatives related to climate change and its impacts on the public health of New Mexicans.
Based on this presentation and the work of a group of stakeholders, Senator Liz Stefanics and Representative Liz Thomson will be sponsoring a Climate Public Health Act in the 2023 New Mexico legislative session. Read the fact sheet here and submit your support here. https://nmephn.org/news-item/support-the-new-mexico-public-health-act/
This Act will accomplish two key initiatives:
- Creating a Climate and Public Health Program at the Department of Health to build capacity and expertise, support development and implementation of response systems, and improve interagency collaboration.
- Establishing a Public Health and Climate Resiliency Fund to assist and enable local and tribal communities to adapt to climate change and respond to public health emergencies from extreme weather events.
We will be working hard from now until the start of the session to build a broad coalition of support and would appreciate your organization’s support on this important legislation.
Please respond to this email at your earliest convenience if your organization would like to sign on in support and endorsement of this legislation. Please also let us know if you have any further questions on the legislation or if you would like to schedule a brief presentation on the legislation with your organization.
Thank you for your consideration on this important policy for New Mexico.
The New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network