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Jaquez Named Family Policy Advocate of the Year

LAS CRUCES - Shirley A. Jaquez, manager of the New Mexico Department of Health's Women, Infants and Children program in Las Cruces, was named Family Policy Advocate of the Year by New Mexico State University's home economics and family and consumer sciences departments.



Shirley A. Jaquez, manager of the New Mexico Department of Health's Women, Infants and Children program in Las Cruces, was named Family Policy Advocate of the Year by New Mexico State University's home economics and family and consumer sciences department. The award recognizes individuals who advocate, support or implement public policies that support families. (05/24/2002) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The award recognizes individuals who advocate, support or implement public policies that support families. The recipient is selected from nominations submitted by faculty and alumni.

"Shirley works tirelessly to help limited-resource families in southern New Mexico," said Esther Devall, associate professor in NMSU's family and consumer sciences department. "She has developed and piloted several innovative programs and has taken an active role in trying to bring services to colonias."

Jaquez has worked for the Department of Health for 21 years. She has lobbied the state legislature for improved services and a health center in Hatch. She partnered with NMSU and the Family Strengthening Partnership to promote healthy parenting skills, played a leadership role in improving communications in the WIC program and has worked to improve the lives of children in New Mexico and Doņa Ana County through information and education.

In her work for colonias, Jaquez acquired a mobile service unit and organized "Partnership for Change," collaborating with other organizations to provide medical services to colonias residents.

This is the third year the award has been presented. William T. Strouse, executive director of the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, was last year's Family Advocate of the Year. In 2000, the award was presented to state Sen. J. Paul Taylor of Mesilla.
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