New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.


We recognize that the number of acronyms we use can feel intimidating at times. That's why we offer this comprehensive alphabetical listing of every acronym used on our website. We also took one more step toward making our website easy to understand by showing the definition of any acronym simply by hovering over it with your mouse. It's really that easy!



AA African American
AAAAI American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
AADE American Association of Diabetes Educators
AAFA Asthma & Allergy Association of America
AAIHB Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
AANMA Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
AASA Asthma Association of School Administrators
ABCS Active Bacterial Core Surveillance
ABFT American Board of Forensic Toxicology
ABLES Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology & Surveillance
ACA Affordable Care Act
ACIP Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
ACSC Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AFB Air Force Base
AFIX Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and eXchange
AFSP American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AGA Accountability in Government Act
AIAN American Indian and Alaska Native
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIH American Indian Health
AIHAC American Indian Health Advisory Council
ALA American Lung Association
ALTSD Aging and Long-Term Services Department
ANE Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation
AOEC Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
APHA American Public Health Association
APHL Association of Public Health Laboratories
APHN Association of Public Health Nurses
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASTDD Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
ASTDN Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing
ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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BAHC Ben Archer Health Centers
BCC Breast & Cervical Cancer
BEHR Billing and Electronic Health Record
BHEM Bureau of Health Emergency Management
BMI Body Mass Index
BPC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
BRFSS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
BSB Biological Sciences Bureau
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CAH Critical Access Hospital
CAP College of American Pathologists
CASA Clinic Assessment Software Application
CBS Columbia Broadcasting System
CCHD Critical Congenital Heart Disease
CD Chronic Disease
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDD Center for Development and Disability
CDI Clostridium difficile Infection
CDPH California Department of Public Health
CDPS Cannabis-Derived Products
CDSMP Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
CEHA Community Environmental Health Assessment
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHAP Community Health Assessment Program
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
CHR Community Health Representatives
CHW Community Health Workers
CLAS Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services
CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
CME Continuing Medical Education
CMS Children's Medical Services
CoCASA Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application
CoIIN Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPAG Community Planning & Action Group
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CSFP Commodity Supplemental Food Program
CSTE Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists
CTAR Chemical Threat Analytical Response
CVAAS Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption
CVRC Crime Victims Reparation Commission
CYFD Children, Youth and Families Department
CYSHCN Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
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DBO Done by One
DBP Disinfection By-Product(s)
DD Developmental Disability
DDSD Developmental Disabilities Support Division
DDW Developmental Disabilities Waiver
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DEET N,N-Diethyl-M-Toluamide
DGMQ Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DHI Division of Health Improvement
DHSEM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DOH Department of Health
DOT Department of Transportation
DPP Diabetes Prevention Program
DRPH Doctor of Public Health
DSME Diabetes Self-Management Education
DTaP Diphtheria & Tetanus Toxoids & Acellular Pertussis
DTPA Diethylene Triamine Pentaacetic Acid
DWI Driving While Intoxicated
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e.g. Exempli Gratia (Latin term meaning “For Example”)
EBLL Elevated Blood Lead Level
EBT Electronic Benefits Transfer
ECHO Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes
ED Emergency Department
EEUU Estados Unidos
EH Environmental Health
EHDI Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
EHEB Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau
EHR Electronic Health Record
ELR Electronic Laboratory Results
EMS Emergency Medical Systems
EMSB Emergency Medical Services Bureau
ENT Ear, Nose & Throat
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPHT Environmental Public Health Tracking
EPICS Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs
EPR-3 Expert Panel Report 3
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, & Treatment
EPT Expedited Partner Treatment
ERD Epidemiology and Response Division
ESAR-VHP Emergency Systems for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
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etc. Et Cetera
EV-D68 Enterovirus D68
EVD Ebola Virus Disease
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FAAS Flameless Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERN Food Emergency Response Network
FFVP Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
FIT Family Infant Toddler
FMA Farmers' Market Association
FMNP Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
FNCH First Nations Community Healthsource
FoodNet Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network
FY Fiscal Year
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GBS Guillain–Barré Syndrome
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GFAAS Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
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H1N1 Swine Flu (Hemagglutinin Type 1 & Neuraminidase Type 1)
HAA5 Haloacetic Acids
HAFB Holloman Air Force Base
HAR Heterosexuals at Risk
HAV Hepatitis A Virus
HBIG Hepatitis B Immune Globulin
HBsAg Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
HBV Hepatitis B Virus
HCL Hydrochloric Acid
HCUP Health Care Utilization Project
HCV Hepatitis C Virus
HEAL Healthy Eating and Active Living
HEPA High-Efficiency Particulate Air
HHS Health and Human Services
HIB Haemophilus Influenzae type B
HICPAC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
HIDD Hospital Inpatient Discharge Database
HIPAA Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
HIT Health Information Technology
HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HKLC Healthy Kids Las Cruces
HKNM Healthy Kids New Mexico
HL7 Health Level 7
HPC Health Policy Commission
HPS Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
HPV Human Papillomavirus
HRSA Health Resources Services Administration
HSB Health Systems Bureau
HSC Health Sciences Center
HSD Human Services Department
HSEP Health Systems Epidemiology Program
HUD Housing and Urban Development
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i.e. Id Est (Latin term meaning “That is to say”)
IAC Immunization Action Coalition
IAD Indian Affairs Department
IBIS Indicator-Based Information System
ICP Inductively Coupled Plasma
ICP-MS Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
ICP-OES Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy
ID Identification
IDB Infectious Disease Bureau
IDD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDT Individuals, Therapists and Teams
IDU Injection Drug Users
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iHEAL Integrated Health Education for Addictive Lifestyles
ILI Influenza-Like Illness
IMB Incident Management Bureau
IPRA Inspection of Public Records Act
IQ Intelligence Quotient
ISTM International Society of Travel Medicine
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JCAHO Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
JCIH Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
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LCPS Las Cruces Public Schools
LEO Laboratory Evaluation Officer
LLC Limited Liability Company
LLCP Los Lunas Community Program
LNPP Licensed Non-Profit Producers
LRN Laboratory Response Network
LTBI Latent Tuberculosis Infection
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M.A. Masters of Arts
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mcg Micrograms
MCH Maternal Child Health
MCL Maximum Contaminant Levels
MCP Medical Cannabis Program
MCV Meningococcal Conjugate Virus
MD Medical Doctor
MDS Minimum Data Set
MDT Mountain Daylight Time
MERS-CoV Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
MMC Memorial Medical Center
MME Milligram Morphine Equivalent
MMR Mumps, Measles & Rubella
MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MPA Methylprednisolone Acetate
MPH Masters in Public Health
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MRSA Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
MS Mass Spectrometry
MSM Men who have Sex with Men
MUA Medically Underserved Areas
MUP Medically Underserved Populations
MyCD Manage Your Chronic Disease
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NACCHO National Association of County and City Health Officials
NAEPP National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
NaOH Sodium Hydroxide
NBSP Newborn Screening Program
NCBH National Business Coalition on Health
NCEH National Center for Environmental health
NCHAM National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
NDEP National Diabetes Education Program
NDIC National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
NDPP National Diabetes Prevention Program
NEHA National Environmental Health Association
NEI National Eye Institute
NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NLGH Nor-Lea General Hospital
NM New Mexico
NMAC New Mexico Administrative Code
NMACP New Mexico Asthma Control Program
NMAFPC New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition
NMBHI New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute
NMCADV New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NMCDC New Mexico Community Data Collaborative
NMCHWAC New Mexico Community Health Workers Advisory Council
NMCNE New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
NMCOA New Mexico Council on Asthma
NMCSAP New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
NMDA New Mexico Department of Agriculture
NMDOH New Mexico Department of Health
NMED New Mexico Environment Department
NMHIT New Mexico Health Information Technology
NMHSC New Mexico Health Service Corps
NMIC New Mexico Immunization Coalition
NMMA New Mexico Midwives Association
NMNBSP New Mexico Newborn Screening Program
NMOHR New Mexico Occupational Health Registry
NMOHSS New Mexico Oral Health Surveillance System
NMPCA New Mexico Primary Care Association
NMPHA New Mexico Public Health Association
NMSD New Mexico School for the Deaf
NMSIIS New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System
NMSORH State Offices of Rural Health
NMSU New Mexico State University
NMVRHS New Mexico Vital Records & Health Statistics
NNHAAD National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
NNII National Network for Immunization Information
NPA National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities
NPHW National Public Health Week
NTD Neural Tube Defects
NTPPM National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
NTU Nephelometric Turbidity Unit
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OAAA Office of African American Affairs
OAE Otoacoustic Emissions
OBH Office of Border Health
OCHW Office of Community Health Workers
OES Optical Emission Spectroscopy
OFM Office of Facilities Management
OHE Office of Health Equity
OHSB Occupational Health & Safety Bureau
OHSP Occupational Health Surveillance Program
OMA Open Meetings Act
OMI Office of the Medical Investigator
OOH Office of Oral Health
OPA Office of Policy and Accountability
ORR Office of Refugee Resettlement
OSAH Office of School and Adolescent Health
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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PACE Physician Asthma Care Education
PC Primary Caregiver
PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyls
PCMH Patient-Centered Medical Home
PD Parkinson's Disease
PED Public Education Department
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
PHAB Public Health Accreditation Board
PHD Public Health Division
PHI Personal Healthcare Information
PHO Public Health Office
PHS Public Health Service
PIOP Pandemic Influenza Operational Plan
PLWH/A Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
PM Particulate Matter
POD Point of Dispensing
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPL Personal Production License
Psy.D. Doctor of Psychology
PUI Patients Under Investigation
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride
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QA Quality Assurance
QAPP Quality Assurance Project Plan
QI Quality Improvement
QIP Quality Improvement Plan
QP Qualified Patients
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RBA Results-Based Accountability
RCCCNM Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico
RFA Request for Applications
RFP Request for Proposals
RHCPTC Rural Health Care Practitioner Tax Credit
RHP Refugee Health Program
RID Request Identification
RMBC Rocky Mountain Biomonitoring Consortium
RN Registered Nurse
ROI Return on Investment
RRP Renovation Repair & Painting
RWI Recreational Water Illnesses
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SAFE Supports and Assessment for Feeding and Eating
SAI Summer Asthma Institute
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAVE Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
SCID Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SFTS Safe Routes to School
SHA State Health Assessment
SHARE Statewide Human Resourses Accounting Reporting
SHIP State Health Improvement Plan
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIIS Statewide Immunization Information System
SIM State Innovation Model
SLD Scientific Laboratory Division
SMART Self-Management and Recovery Training
SOC Semi-volatile Organic Compounds
SP Strategic Plan
SPAG Strategic Planning Advisory Workgroup
SPF Sun Protection Factor
SPHERE Site for Public Health Emergency Response Education
SPO State Personnel Office
STCA State-Tribal Consultation Act
STCP State-Tribal Consultation Protocol
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STEADI Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries
STEMI ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction
STI Sexually Transmitted Infections
SUB Student Union Building
SUID Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
SWAG Southwest Action Group
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TB Tuberculosis
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDaP Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis
THC Tetrahydrocannabinol
TOP Teen Outreach Program
TRAIN Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network
TRU Transuranic Wastes
TSP Total Suspended Particulates
TST Tuberculosis Skin Testing
TTHM Trihalomethane
TTY Telephone Typewriter
TUPAC Tobacco Use Prevention and Control
TV Television
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UAE United Arab Emirates
UC University of California
UNM University of New Mexico
US United States
USA United States of America
USCIS United States Citezenship and Immigration Services
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USFA United States Fire Administration
USPSTF United States Preventive Services Task Force
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
UV Ultraviolet
UVA Long-Wavelength Ultraviolet Light
UVB Short-Wavelength Ultraviolet Light
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VAERS Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
VFC Vaccines for Children
VIA Values in Action
VIS Vaccine Information Statements
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
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WCA Workers Compensation Administration
WHO World Health Organization
WIC Women, Infants and Children
WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
WNV West Nile Virus
WSMR White Sands Missile Range
WSS Water System Supply
WWG WIPP Working Group
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YRBS Youth Risk Behavior Survey
YRBSS Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
YRRS Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey
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