Espanola Farmers’ Market has partnered with the El Centro clinics for a very effective fruit and vegetables prescription program (FVRx) funded by Wholesome Wave, a foundation based in Connecticut.This grant enables the entire family of children diagnosed with diabetes or obesity to recieve a dollar per day per family member to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the participating farmers’ market. For example, a family of seven was issued a weekly prescription for $49 (7 people x 7 days) which they presented to the Market staff for wooden tokens, then used those tokens to buy fruits and vegetables from many farmer/vendors.

Last season, about 20 families participated fully in this program. The Market redeemed $9,330 in purchases, over 90% redemption rate. We had to report the prescriptions weekly, listing the number of wooden tokens issued, the number redeemed and the code number of the prescription. The clinic was also reporting weekly, with coded data related to measurable heath monitoring to evaluate any improvement resulting from four months of eating more freshly grown food. This accumulation of statistics is what makes the Wholesome Wave FVRx program unique and effective. They are accumulating health data to be able to prove what we know intuitively, that eating healthy food improves health.

This could potentially result in more funding throughout the country for preventative care under Obama’s health plans. Espanola Farmers’ Market & El Centro were the only market/clinic partnership to recieve this grant in New Mexico and only one of two rural markets in the country for this program. Most partners were in northeastern low income urban areas.

We have been invited to apply again for this season and have already been collaborating on building a more effective program, including printing bilingual recipe cards for farmers to distribute at their tables and having El Centro health workers at the Monday Market to guide the patients in their vegetable purchases and to provide other health information to our customers.

Sabra Moore, Market Manager

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Last year, Rio Arriba County ranked last in the New Mexico for immunizations of Seniors. In one year, we went from last to second by bringing our immunization campaign directly to neighborhood senior centers. This year, we are expanding our push, bringing immunizations for influenza, pneumonia, tetanus and whooping cough to the senior centers once again, but als joint pain prevention, Medicare enrollment, heart and diabetes checks, and more. The site managers of each community we visit are organizing some of their own activities as well. As a result, the tone of each outreach mirrors the personality of that community.

Espanola Hospital, the NM DOH and El Centro Family Health have accompanied us to each site to provide medical staffing. We need to pass the Hospital Mil Levy, and to raise our Market Share among Medicare recipients from 45% to 75% in order to qualify for the $1.8 million federal subsidy for Sole Community Provider Medicare Hospitals. Rather than marketing through ads, Espanola Presbyterian Hospital is assisting us to bring preventive services directly to Rio Arriba Senior Citizens.

We’ve had other providers helping us as well: AmberCare, NM Disability Rights, and the Espanola Energy Employee’s Resource Center for folks who have been harmed by radiation.

In Dixon, they held an arts and crafts fair; we came up with a collaborative solution to a crisis; and we visited the home of a Centenarian. Each of these events has been so inspiring. I hope these videos help you to enjoy them, too!


In an entirely bizarre Monday morning turn of events, my daughter fell, dislocated her knee, and summoned an ambulance through facebook. Through an even-stranger twist, I came home looking for her, and, when I couldn’t find her, logged into facebook. That’s how I learned she had been taken to the ER.

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Cross-posted from Tikkun Daily.

On Thursday, February 17, I received one of the best phone calls of my life.

I wondered who was calling me from the (306) area code. Where was that anyway?

“It’s mrghhtbfxr,” said the voice on the other end of the line.

“Who?” I asked.

“mrghhtbfxr!” repeated the voice excitedly.


It’s River! I’ve found a kidney!” Kitsap River is a Daily Kos blogger. I had been trying to give her a kidney.

I was so happy for River. But I was also so happy for me!

After a year of tests, I had just been confirmed as a match. I was mustering my courage for a SERIOUS TALK with the husband and kids.

Saved by the bell! Now I could keep my kidney without feeling guilty.

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