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Department of Health Announces New Bureau

August 27, 2018 - Cabinet Secretary - Blog

Among all the services the New Mexico Department of Health provides, what are the first things that come to mind? Immunizations? Flu shots? Help quitting smoking? Maybe WIC, our supplemental nutrition program?

Truth is there are a lot of things your Department of Health does that may not readily come to mind but are quietly getting done day to day, and we’re always focused on finding newer, more efficient ways to provide for a healthier New Mexico.

This summer, we completed the process of merging two bureaus into one large one. The result is our new Population and Community Health Bureau. It is no small task finding better ways to operate efficiently, but we are proud of this merger and how it’s streamlining the efforts of literally hundreds of our employees and they services they provide you.

The Population and Community Health Bureau consists of two smaller groups, the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control and Health Systems Bureaus. Together our new bureau is made up of the following programs:

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
  • Comprehensive Cancer Program
  • Diabetes Prevention and Control Program 
  • Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program 
  • Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
  • Office of Community Health Workers
  • Office of Oral Health
  • Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
  • Office of School and Adolescent Health
  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

That’s a lot of public health under one umbrella, and it’s been a journey that’s lasted us more than a year and has resulted in higher efficiency but also a high level of public health services for our state.

After nearly a century of providing public health services to New Mexicans, it is a true acknowledgment of the bureaus’ commitment to excellence and their ability to be nimble and broaden their scope to better serve you.

I am so proud of the effort by everyone in our Department to make this work.  The Population and Community Health Bureau will accomplish so much more together in the field of Public Health than it has working independently.  I am thankful for the commitment of all the staff who dedicated themselves to this effort.

Our team will spend the next couple of weeks helping to get the word about this merger out to communities and organizations statewide to include all of our contractors, interested community organizations and federal project officers. We’ll reach out to members of several of New Mexico’s other government agencies as well as members of our state legislature and even to all of you on all of our social media platforms.

I’m so excited to see the difference the Population and Community Health Bureau will make for a healthier New Mexico now and in years to come.

Here’s to a great future and a healthier New Mexico!

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