Colin Ballio to speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Colin Callio

Colin Ballio

Colin Ballio, director of Policy and Communication for Health Action New Mexico will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE) Health Action New Mexico is an advocacy organization that seeks to influence health care policy and develop policy solutions to improve access to health care in the state. It acts as a consumer voice on health issues. Health care policy in the United States is constantly evolving and it is a challenge to understand how and why it is changing. One area of great interest to New Mexicans is how we will pay for Medicaid as the federal government costs shifts expenses to the states.

Ballio works on advocacy and research on Medicaid, the health insurance marketplace, prescription drug prices, dental care and other policy areas. His talk will ce on health advocacy and health issues in New Mexico. Bring your policy questions to an expert at our May meeting.

Everyone is welcome at APWF meetings. Each individual is responsible for their own meal, and since we use facilities at the restaurant we ask that everyone purchase a meal. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

Still Drinking, Still Driving – Atkinson speaks to APWF

Linda Atkinson

Linda Atkinson

Linda Atkinson, executive director of the DWI Resource Center will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, April 9 at 11:30 at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

Her topic will be “Still Drinking, Still Driving.”

Linda has been active in DWI prevention since she began as a volunteer in 1987. She is the co-founder of the DWI Resource Center and Victims Rights Project. As one of the foremost experts on the DWI issues in New  Mexico, she has held several Governor-appointed positions and published a community guide on DWI prevention. In 1994 she conducted and subsequently published a study (the Metro Court Project) on DWI dismissals and missing disposition information. Linda is involved in public policy and legislative advocacy, victim advocacy,  trains court monitors, and also serves as a technical consultant to local businesses regarding workplace DWI, alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

Everyone is welcome. Individuals are responsible for their own meals and no reservations are necessary. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

Ray Powell to Speak on “Our Land, Our Legacy”

Ray Powell

Ray Powell

Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE) on issues involving the New Mexico Land Office. As a former land commissioner Powell brings a unique perspective on the part the NM Land Office plays in the lives of New Mexicans.

Powell served as the elected State Land Commissioner for three terms from 1993-2002 and from 2011-2014. He was the president and vice-president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998.  He worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of Congress, and tribal leaders to improve public policy on trust lands nationwide.

A veterinarian by profession, Powell served two terms as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. In this capacity he gained significant expertise in understanding the impacts of disease and other pathogens on our human and domestic and wild animal populations. He served as a member of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Regulation and Licensing from 2002 – 2010. He was the chairman of the Board for much of his tenure.  He worked tirelessly to enhance the humane treatment of animals.

Powell is a native of Albuquerque and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. Powell is married to Jean Civikly-Powell, a professor emerita of Communication at the University of New Mexico.

Please join Press Women and Friends as we learn about issues facing the next NM Land Commissioner. Reservations are not required and individuals are responsible for their own meals. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.