May 20, 2010

State’s Leading Health Organizations Join Forces to Bring Culturally, Language Appropriate Cancer Information to New Mexico’s Rural Population


The University of New Mexico Cancer Center, together with the Grant, Catron, Hidalgo, and Luna County Community Health Councils, is establishing several UNM Cancer Center Resource Libraries to distribute culturally appropriate and/or language appropriate materials to rural and medically underserved populations in New Mexico. The libraries will include a variety of written and audio materials on cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

“We are pleased to be in partnership with Grant County Community Health Council, supporting cancer programs designed to educate New Mexico’s rural and medically underserved populations,” said Maria Otero, director of community outreach for Hispanic/Latino Programs for the UNM Cancer Center. “The Grant County Community Health Council compliments the UNM Cancer Center’s mission to offer prevention and education programs to people throughout New Mexico.”

This project has been funded in part with federal funds from the UNM Cancer Center, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Southwest NM Breastfeeding Council, and the Department of Health and Humans Services under the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Health Council Coordinator Beverly Allen-Ananins said, “We are very fortunate that the Grant County Commissioners made space available to house the wealth of information that will benefit our community’s health.”

The UNM Cancer Center, the official cancer center of the State of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in the state, has a long history of outreach efforts to all of New Mexico’s population groups. “With 44 percent of the population in New Mexico being Hispanic/Latino, the UNM Cancer Center is actively working to engage the Hispanic community through outreach efforts to promote education, prevention and early detection of cancer,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “This partnership is helping advance our mission of providing all New Mexicans with access to world-class cancer care.”

An open house will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Grant County Business & Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 East in Silver City. Guests will include Silver City Mayor James Marshall and County Commissioners

Mary Ann Sedillo, Jovita Gonzales, and Christy Miller. A dedication will be presented by Howie Morales, director of the Gila Regional Medical Center Planetree Initiative. Following the open house at 1:00 p.m., a “Cancer Costs a Fortune!” presentation will be given by Mike Torres, from the Gila Regional Cancer Center, with support from the cancer community.

Information about UNM Cancer Resource Library locations can be obtained through local health councils.

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Contact information:

Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 797-6673,
Rae Ann Paden, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0480

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