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LAS CRUCES - An experienced health professional has joined New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service to boost statewide health-related training. Based in Las Cruces, Bruce Jacobs began his duties as an Extension health specialist last month.
"My focus will be being a resource for Extension professionals in counties so that they can optimally assist their clients with health issues that they and their families face," Jacobs said. "We have a number of health issues confronting New Mexicans, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and family violence. This is a great opportunity to build - with an intensified focus on health - on the already excellent services being provided within the Cooperative Extension Service."
Jacobs, who worked as an educator with the state Health Department before joining NMSU, will assist communities in pooling their health resources. He has successfully co-developed collaborative programs in the past here in New Mexico, including two programs with the Extension service while employed with the New Mexico Department of Health: a family-based weight management program for children, and a colonias diabetes outreach program in southern Doņa Ana County.
Another goal is developing Family Impact Seminars for the New Mexico legislature, Jacobs said. The non-partisan, non-advocacy information seminars are aimed at bringing a family focus to policymaking.
Jacobs is currently an adjunct faculty member with NMSU's health science department. Before to coming to New Mexico in 1994, Jacobs served as a case manager and community educator with the Southern Tier AIDS program in Binghamton, N.Y., and a counselor with the Bethany Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Bethany, N.Y.
Jacobs earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Colorado State University and a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Buffalo. He holds a doctorate in health, physical education and recreation from the University of New Mexico.
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