New Mexico

Shiprock, New Mexico
At a Glance
  • State Population: 2,095,428
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Fire, Flooding, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2019 Asylum Seeker Sheltering; 2019 Vampire Facial Treatment Investigation
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $6,760,227
    FY 2020: $6,664,176
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $13,263,544
    FY 2020: $5,974,365
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 5
  • Laboratorians: 14
  • Educators: 5
  • Health Professionals: 5
  • Other*: 29

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  3. Information Sharing
  4. Community Preparedness
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
Stories from the Field
New Mexico Snow
Providing Care for the Critically Ill in Severe Weather

In December 2015, more than three feet of snow fell in eastern New Mexico. Roads were closed, and the region did not have the plows to reopen them. The New Mexico State Health Department and its partners worked with local dialysis centers to determine the needs of nearly two dozen dialysis patients and developed a service plan. PHEP-funded staff leveraged partnerships with the Department of Game and Fish and the National Guard to access snow-equipped vehicles and transport patients for treatment and healthcare providers to and from work. As a result, critically ill patients received potentially lifesaving care.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 02:20 PM