Friday: Senator Tom Udall to Visit Cibola and McKinley Counties

Today, Friday, September, 6, 2013, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will be in western New Mexico to discuss rural development and health care issues. He will give remarks at the grand opening of Oso Vista Ranch Project’s (OVRP) office expansion in Pine Hill and cohost a health care workforce roundtable in Gallup.

In Pine Hill, Udall will highlight the importance of public-private partnerships that empower communities to use their talents and traditions to create jobs and encourage healthy lifestyles. OVRP provides programs to the Ramah Navajo community that focus on cultural identity, financial education, behavioral health support and self-empowerment. Friday’s event celebrates the expansion of OVRP’s office as its programs continue to grow thanks to federal support.

At the event, Udall will hear from OVRP, Native Foods and El Morro Valley Cooperative on how community development grants have positively impacted the Pine Hill area. Two of the three have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, while Native Foods plans to file for a grant application. The grants are to help with programs, including training on growing native vegetables and making native foods. A member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Udall is a long-time supporter of the USDA Rural Development program.

Next, Udall will travel to Gallup, where he will join UNM-Gallup for a roundtable discussion with local health care and education experts on the area’s health care workforce needs and how they can all work together to create partnerships and strengthen education and career pipelines that connect these fields and create jobs in western New Mexico. There he will underscore the importance of these partnerships as the demand for health care jobs will grow under the Affordable Care Act.

Friday, September 6, 2013

WHAT: Udall Gives Remarks at OVRP Grand Opening
TIME: 10 a.m. MT
WHERE: Pine Hill Shopping Center
1285 BIA Route 125
Pine Hill, NM

WHAT: Udall Cohosts Healthcare Workforce Roundtable
TIME: 2 p.m. MT
WHERE: UNM-Gallup Campus
Student Services Technology Center Room 200
Gallup, NM