Con Alma is pleased to announce that this year’s 2011 New Mexico Hero of Health is Kristine Suozzi from the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group.  Dr. Suozzi has a PhD in health education and has worked in New Mexico on public health and social justice issues for the past twenty-six years.

The New Mexico Health Equity Working Group’s Mission is to promote health equity in New Mexico by: Reframing the predominant view of health to include and address the social determinants (social, economic and political factors) of health; Connecting individuals, communities, and organizations to work together towards health equity and; Advocating for ethical policies that eliminate or mitigate disparities and inequalities that affect health.

We congratulate you, and thank you for your service to the community!

New Mexico Heroes of Health work to improve health in New Mexico. They can be health care providers, advocates, administrators, clinicians, or policy makers, just to name a few eligible categories. They are unsung heroes; volunteers and individuals that work to improve health in NM and whose efforts make a difference in our communities.

This year’s nominees for the 2011 New Mexico Hero of Health were:

  • Glenys Carl, Executive Director, Coming Home Connection (nominated twice)
  •  Gail Evans, Legal Director, NM Center on Law and Poverty
  •  Dr. Warren Graham, Corporate Dental Director, Presbyterian Medical Services
  • Isabel E. Jewell, Community Activist & Board Co-Chair, Boys & Girls Club del Norte
  • Sylvia Ruiz, Executive Director, N.M. Teen Pregnancy Coalition
  • Chris Shuey, MPH, Director of the Uranium Impact Assessment Project, Southwest Research and Information Center
  •  Kristine Suozzi, Public Health Advocate, New Mexico Health Equity Working Group
  • Barry McIntosh, Program Manager, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
  • Mary Zouhar, donor and volunteer at Metropolitan Homelessness Project

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