New Mexico

Welcome to New Mexico – Tim Lopez

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New Mexico – Tim Lopez

Make Plans to Attend NOSORH Annual Meeting this Fall

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Believe it or not, NOSORH is already planning the 2019 Annual Meeting! The Annual Meeting will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 16-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque. This year’s goal is to provide a more diverse meeting than ever before. NOSORH staff is looking to develop educational strategies that offer a variety of session types to be delivered in a new and exciting way. More information regarding the meeting will be provided via email and posted to the NOSORH website as it becomes available.

Discounted rooms are available to meeting participants at the rate of $114 per night plus taxes until September 24, 2019. Use the code “Group Guest NOSORH” to reserve a room online or by phone, Click here or call 800-445-8667. We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque! If you have questions, please contact Matt Strycker or Trevor Brown.

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September 2018

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Timothy Lopez
New Mexico Office of Rural Health

What I’m currently reading: “Between The World And Me” by T a-Nehisi Coats.

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The amazing colleagues and partners

What I’m working on right now: Working on completing the New Mexico health plan

Best advice I ever received: To live each day to the fullest and to spread joy and happiness.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be… A chef in my own restaurant.

3 great things about rural health in New Mexico: Amazing healthcare providers, dedicated leadership and staff.

Last place I traveled to: Philadelphia

People would be surprised if they knew: I was a roadie for concerts in the 90’s

Who inspires you? My mother

My Top 3 Goals for 2018:
Get a knee replacement
Continue to work in the Office of Rural Health
Increase the number of healthcare providers in rural New Mexico

Promising Practices: New Mexico Hosts Provider Retention Summit: May 2013

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A Health Professional Workforce Summit, held on April 12 in Albuquerque, NM, gave participants an opportunity to meet in person and develop strategies for retention of clinicians in the state. The one-day event sparked discussions based upon real data, as opposed to supposition and/or anecdote, according to Britt Catron, Director of the New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (NM SORH). Summit participants included non-profit employers, health care providers, members of the NM legislature, Residency Program Directors, and representatives from institutions of higher education and other state government agencies.

New workforce data from the Findings of the First Year Retention Survey of the Multi-State/NHSC Retention Collaborative, conducted by the Cecil B. Sheps Center for Workforce Research of the University of North Carolina, was presented by Jerry Harrison and Kim Kinsley from New Mexico Health Resources (NMHR), and Harvey Licht from  Varela Consulting, who was the meeting facilitator. The survey polled National Health Service Corps loan repayers and scholars, in addition to those obligated through the New Mexico Higher Education Loan Repayment Program.  [Some of the survey findings also will be presented in a session at the NRHA Annual Meeting this month.] Summit participants reviewed survey results, and made comments and recommendations for future action. Catron said that the Summit additionally included a review of the literature on health professional retention, bringing information up-to date in light of generational, discipline, and health system delivery system changes (since much of the earlier literature was published in the 1990s). “I think everyone added to the development of strategies for the retention of health care professionals, and provided very rich discussions about the issue of retaining health care providers in our rural, frontier and underserved communities throughout the state,” Catron said. “After the event there were discussions about holding another Summit so that the work does not stop.”

“The Summit was a great example of SORH coordination and leveraging of resources by the NM SORH,” said Stephanie Hansen, NOSORH Education and Services Director, who attended the meeting. “It provided an opportunity for all of the partners to get together and discuss the past, present, and future of the health care workforce in the state.”

The NM SORH contracted with NMHR to coordinate health professional workforce research through the Sheps Center, in conjunction with 11 other states, and to organize the Summit. The NM SORH applied for funding through the Retention and Evaluation Activities Initiative of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which aims to coordinate activities to increase retention of health care providers and to evaluate the efficacy of specific retention models and the impact of ARRA funding on communities.

New Mexico Hosts Provider Retention Summit

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New Mexico Hosts Provider Retention Summit – The Branch: May 2013

New Mexico’s Need for Health Professionals – Capstone Project: Gabriel Chavez

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New Mexico’s Need for Health Professionals – Capstone Project: Gabriel Chavez

New Mexico’s Need for Health Professionals Presentation – Capstone Project: Gabriel Chavez

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New Mexico’s Need for Health Professionals Presentation – Capstone Project: Gabriel Chavez