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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 26,2010 9 Advisory board to review petitions to add conditions to Medical Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health's Medical Ad- visory Board will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. March 30 in the Harold Runnels Building Auditorium in Santa Fe to re- view two petitions to add health conditions to the Medical Can- Marijuan nabis Program. The Department of Health received petitions for auto immune diseases, and se- vere behavioral disturbances related to autism, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation or dementia. Eight physicians who serve on the Medical Advisory Board Jason Jacquez, Maintenance Director By LORENZO ALBA, JR. The wonderful donations of rose bushes keep coming in from local citizens and donations from as far as California. It has been a godsend for our facility and our residents and staff have been moved by the community's kindness and generosity. It's also kept our Maintenance Director. Jason Jacquez busy. He's already planted as many as twenty bushes and we are expect- ing more. Our Maintenance Department is a vital part of our facility's success and we are very proud to have Jason Jacquez as our Direc- tor. Jacquez is a third generation Lordsburglan and resides right here in Lordsburg with his family. He's married to Marsha Varehi Jacquez and they boast three children. Jason Aaron. 18; Caesar. 17 and Alycia. 10. Previously, several ironworks and construction contractors at the mines in Arizona employed Jason Jacquez. Many of his skills came directly from working with one of Lordsburg's best. Chano Placencia. for over ten years. His experience has benefited our facility nicely and we are very happy to have him as part of the team. His responsibilities include fire safety and the general and specific maintenance of our infrastructure. This includes our land- ~ddl3ii~"~ifid cos~ndtld-mfiinte'fi~mcE~-6~"~h~" ~fi~iigE'fihil~6ht~i'ff6 '6t"0ur building. Each residency gets his full attentmn and detail is of the es- sence to our operation and facility. Our facility depends on Jason Jacquez and the Housekeeping Department. in order to keep our facility as clean, attractive and as safe as possible. It was another good week at Sunshine Haven and we hope it's as good this week. Thank you again for your donations of rose bushes. We are looking forward to the spring when our residents can reap the full glory of these beautiful roses. If you have a loved one who may need long term care please do not hesitate to call us at Sunshine Haven. 575.542.3539. We'd love to show you our facility. Stop by and help us bring a smile to one of'our many resi- dents. I'm sure you'll smile too. We'll see you next week. Will open for business on 9 at z09 West 'A' Street * L0rclsbur9 THANK YOU. A note of thanks to all the special people who came to our rescue on January 23, 2010 on the day of our house fire and Clint's injury. We are so grateful to each one of you. Also to those who planned, donated and participated in the enchilada ftind raising dinner, as well as those who have given so generously, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of your love and generosity, and especiallyyour prayers. Clint is at the Kindred Acute Care Rehab Hospital in Peoria, Arizona, and making slow but steady progress. Thankyou very much to everyone. We Ioveyou all. Sincerely, Clint & Gail Dunagan a Program will review and recommend to the Department whether those conditions should be added to the Medical Cannabis Program. The Advisory Board will also consider whether to recommend changing the requirements for severe chronic pain eligibility. Currently patients must have proof of their pain such as. X- rays or MRIs. and referrals from a primary care physician and a specialist in pain manage- ment or in the disease process that is causing the patient's pain. The Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Health Secretary, who decides whether conditions should be added. If a condition is approved, anyone with that medical condition can apply for the Medical Cannabis Program. So far, the Secretary has added nine conditions to the program. There are 16 current quali- fying conditions for medical cannabis: painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/ vomiting, severe anorexia/ cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment. Crohn's disease. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Inflammatory Autoimmune- mediated Arthritis, Amyo- trophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), cancer, glau- coma. multiple sclerosis, dam- age to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spas- tibity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS. and hospice patients. To apply for the Medical Cannabis program or to petition for a new condition, look up http:/ marijuana.h'tml or call the Medical Cannabis Program Co- ordinator at 505-827-2321. cure for boredom Nothing to do? Come to the BYA office we are open from 4pm-8pm Tues- days-Fridays and 12pm-4pm on Saturdays. Come hang out and learn some interesting facts, do crafts, and help with event plan- ning.'We are located at 7th and Pyramid. If you have any ques- tions feel to give us a call at 542- 3908. Green chile spices up Washington U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced earlier this month the arrival oT green chile to Capitol Hill. Bingaman worked with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the Senate cafeteria to help bring the New Mexico staple to the Senate community. As a result, the entire month of March has been designated as "Green Chile Month" in the Senate cafeteria and has been celebrated by featur- ing green chile on the menu and educating customers about the New Mexico pepper. The Senators had green chile cauliflower soup and green chile chicken enchiladas. For dessert they sampled the popular green chile chocolate gelato. All food was made in Washington using New Mexico green chile. Courtesy photo Department of H Ith measures opinions on family h Ith Information courtesy NM DOH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health's Family Health Bureau has launched an on-line survey to measure which issues New Mexico residents believe are the most important in their communities. The brief, anony- mous survey covers basic demo- graphic information and then asks people to rank the impor- tance of 25 health issues. Issues include prenatal care. hunger, child/youth obesity, youth violence, male involve- ment. intimate partner violence. infant mental health, maternal depression, child abuse, harm re- duction, special needs services. asthma, diabetes, immunizations. teenage pregnancy/STDs, youth mental health, breastfeeding, oral health, and access to care. The Department encourages the pub- . lie to fill.out-.the, survey .at: http:/ / vey/index.html Managers and staff from the Department of Health's Family Health Bureau visited each of New Mexico's five regions and met with health professionals and other residents to discuss which issues are important in each re- gion. and how they should'be prioritized. The Bureau devel- oped the survey based on results from those meetings. "Last year we provided ser- vices to more than 184.000 preg- nant women and children with special needs." said Emelda Martinez. bureau chief of the Department's Family Health Bureau. "It is imperative to ob- tain community information so we can better serve the people of New Mexico." The Family Health Bure~tu provides and coordinates prena- tal care services for pregnant women who are uninsured or underinsured: provides follow up and care coordination to families and providers through the Newborn Genetic Screening Program: trains hospital and laboratory staff to ensure the quality of metabolic screening, and manage~,tahe. Children's Medical Se~yices program. which provides service coordi- nation, case management ser- vices and assures a medical home for children with special needs. The Family Health Bureau will use information from the survey to complete a five-year needs assessment that deter- mines the health status of New Mexicans. and how well the Family Health Bureau is ad- dressing their health needs. New Mexico also conducts the needs assessment to fulfill federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant reqmrements. The Block Grant is funded each year by federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. Title V of the Social Security Act. is the only federal program devoted to improving the health of all women, children and families Title V provides funding to state maternal and child health pro- grams. Advertising in the Hidalgo County Is easier than everl 0 March is National Physician and Dentist Recognition Month, andHidalgo Medical Services would like to recognize all of our doctors! Michael Johnson, MD Family Practice Physician Javier Marinez, MD Internal Medicine & nfectious Disease Physician Naomi Clancy, MD Family Practice including OB Farrdly Michelle Pahl, MD Donald Johnson, MDo=- " Jason toe, MD lnternalMedicine&PediatricsPediatrics&MedicalD~or . Psychiatr~t-' " . Psychologist/ !~,! ~v,~. Mental Heal~ Dire~Or~: ~- DDS DDS