Wednesday, August 8, 2012

La Academia de Salud 2012-2013

Bienvenidos!  Please welcome Principal G. Antonio Gonzales and new Health Academy Head Diane Russell. New academies also joining AHAHS are Fine Arts, D. Leh-Academy Head and Leadership/JROTC with Col. Jason Seal.

The new on-site AHAHS Community Clinic will open soon! Contact vice-principal Mr. Lindsay and the Family Center for details.

Congratulations to our Health Academy students that graduated from the UNMH Nursing Diversity Summer Program 2012.  Rumor has it that your newly acquired skills were put to use right away when you helped in an emergency situation...great job thinking on your feet!

Best wishes for a great year!

[NOTE: this blogsite will be going down August 31, 2012, go to school website for new site address!]

Friday, May 11, 2012

UNMH offering 1 Day Summer Camp in Nursing-Health Sciences-Medical!

Nursing Diversity Pipeline Summer Camp 2012
  • Are you interested in a healthcare career?
  • Summer learning has never been more fun!
  • Come learn about health care careers
  • Learn about nutrition, diseases, the human body and more
  • Participate in a trauma demonstration
  • Meet local healthcare workers and learn about their jobs
  • Obtain your CPR certification
The Nursing Diversity Pipeline Summer Program is designed to give high school students ages 14-17 the opportunity to learn about their overall health, the world of healthcare and enable them to begin a journey towards a healthcare career. In order to participate students must fill out an application and have a consent form signed by their parents.

South Valley Locations:
Schedule for Summer Camp:
June 11, 12, 13 from 9am to 3pm at South Valley Academy
June 18, 19, 20 from 9am to 3pm at South Valley Academy
June 25th from 9 am to 3pm at South Valley Academy
June 26th & 27th from 9am to 3pm at University of New Mexico
June 28th from 9am to 11am at South Valley Academy
For UNMH locations or more information call 505-272-1959, email:
OR see Mrs. Cox, Health Academy Head, in C bldg for forms and details.
[Please note -- you must also complete the "hot pink" form from UNMH volunteer dept.]

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Congrats Class of 2012...almost there Class of 2013!

Health & Social Sciences Academy Awards 2012
English, Karen Mercado
Math, Victor Villalba-Perez
Science, Celina Martinez
Social Studies, Nicole Hicks
Future Physician, Matt Lujan
Overall, Vanessa Gonzalez & Samir Gul-Mohammad (Salutorian)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

La Academia de Salud

Registration for 2012-2013 is well underway. Courses being offered in the Health & Social Sciences Academy include Sports Medicine & advanced biology, anatomy & physiology, forensics, health ed II, health careers, nutrition, nursing, medical spanish, sociology & psychology. Students in the Classes of 2013 & 2014 will also have the opportunity to pursue real-world experience internships with health/medical professional partners in the greater Albuquerque community. For recent news article with Dr. Griego about new UNMH Atrisco Heritage Center for Family & Community Health go to

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Class of 2012 Health Academy Students win 'Top Ten' GPA

Of the prospective Top Ten graduating seniors (as measured by cumulative GPA) being honored, six are in Health Academy:
Vanessa Gonzalez, Samir Gulmohammad, Jocelyn Gutierrez (pictured), Shannon Larribas, Jessah Mantohac, Rhiannon Mauldin, Karen Mercado, Annahi Munoz, Sarina Ochoa, Maureen O’Donoghue, Amanda Otero, and Iris Rodriguez. Congrats to all. [Many thanks to Mr. Lewis for his continued devotion to all AHAHS students & D.Leh-photo.]

Senior-LPN grad! UNMH & Dream Makers-MESA receive awards!

NEWSFLASH: Albuquerque - Senior Celina Martinez graduated from two academic institutions in May 2012! Not only is she receiving her high school diploma from AHAHS, she is also graduating with her LPN from the (highly competitive) APS Licensed Practical Nursing program @ CEC. She is well on her way towards her higher educational and professional goals! Congratulations to Celina and her teachers!
Many thanks to Dr. Griego & Mr. Lewis for supporting Celina at this prestigious event! (photo by S. Lewis)

AHAHS-UNMH Educational Partnership!
20+ senior interns receive certifications at the Diversity Pipeline Graduation ceremony on May 4th, 2012 at UNM Hospital. Congrats to Ms. Harding their teacher supervisor, and special thanks to Ms. Thomas for her continued support.

Dream Makers Health Career-MESA Club students, Ms. Russell and Ms. Elwess.
Dream Makers Health Career Program Graduation Ceremony
May 3, 2012 (photo-D.Thomas)
Under the expert guidance of Ms. Russell & Ms. Elwess, approx 70 AHAHS students will be graduating from the prestigious UNM HSC Office of Diversity Pipeline Program.
Special thanks to Ms. Smith and Ms. Leyba for their generous support.

Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to realize that, as individuals, they have unlimited potential for success in the health sciences. Dream Makers is an after-school club that meets twice each month.  Dream Makers is a program that introduces our students to career paths associated with the health sciences. Students work with Teacher Sponsors and health professionals from the UNM Health Sciences Center and the community to stimulate the students' interest in science and math while increasing their knowledge of medicine and health through presentations and hands on activities.
What does Dream Makers offer?
  • Dissection of various specimens
  • Blood pressure and temperature instruction
  • Health professionals panel
  • Instructional interaction with UNM medical students
  • Activities planned by individual school club advisors
  • Year-end awards banquet
Student Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, Teacher Recommendation, History of good attendance and attitude, Desire to learn more about healthcare and medicine.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2nd annual Grandparents Day @ AHAHS! April 18th, 2012

Please join us for a special day to celebrate the important role you have in your grandchildren’s education.
Visit classrooms, meet teachers, and connect with other grandparents dedicated to growing our strong South Valley community.
Call 243-1458, ext. 60167 to RSVP. (Family Center)

Ashley Garcia,Health Academy Senior, Class of 2012 w/ grandparents!

Schedule of Events:
7:30 am Welcome / Continental breakfast with Starbucks
8:30 am Visit classrooms
12 noon Lunch by Golden Corral
1:30 pm Family photos
with performances by the Atrisco Mariachis, Chorus
and much more …

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Health Academy Student named APS 'Selfless Senior'

Maureen O’Donoghue is inspired by her mother. “She has overcome so many obstacles in this life that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. She shown me that with strength and determination you are the only one who can make your dreams come true. If I can become half the women she is it would be a life well spent.” Maureen is involved in both school and community groups including the AHA Student Council, Immaculate Conception Church, and National Federation for the Blind, where she has provided childcare for young blind children while their parents attend workshops. She also has helped raise money to buy Braille books for children and to send them to science camp. Through her church, she has helped sew and tie quilts veterans and premature babies. She also has volunteered as Casa Esperanza and the Ronald McDonald House.

Spring 2012: Dream Makers & MESA students toured UNM Medical School. Special thanks to sponsors Russell & Elwess and UNM Office of Diversity!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Class of 2012

Matt Lujan-Presbyterian ER

D. Leh is compiled "words of wisdom" & photos from many Class of 2012 students. Here are a few of our Health Academy seniors involved in the internship program in the greater Albuquerque health-medical community.

Samir GulMohhamad-Lovato Optical
Samantha Torres-VA & Hematology

Friday, January 27, 2012

NEW Health Clinic to be built @ AHAHS

Albuquerque -- Join us at the AHA Family Center on January 31st, 2012 5:30pm-7:30pm. Community Health Partners from UNM Medical School and College of Nursing and the University of New Mexico Hospital will profile plans for the new community clinic to be built on campus. These partners recently received a grant to fulfill this purpose. Established educational collaborations with these health and medical partners include: Dream Makers/MESA Health Careers Club (sponsored by the med school's Office of Diversity and Dr. Romero-Leggott) and our senior internships with UNMH's diversity training program which includes medical simulation training. (photo by Richard Pipes/AbqJournal)

Postscript: Felicidades to Brenda Chavez, Priscilla Valdez for hosting this event, and Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego & VP Matt Lindsey for the opportunity. Congrats to our medical partners who have been diligently working on the clinic plans: UNMH's Dr. Karen Ellingboe-Executive Director Primary Care; Jamie Silva-Steele, MBA, BSN, RN-Administrator, Ambulatory Services; UNM Med School-Dr. John Leggott, Professor & Vice Chair for Education; UNM Office of Diversity Health Sciences Center-Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, HSC Vice Chancellor; and last but not least, UNM College of Nursing's Dr. Mary Kay Anderson!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Senior-Community Service

Vanessa Menchaca & Madelin Leal serve homeless @ Joy Junction
More students @ Joy Junction
(all photos by D.Leh, Teacher Supervisor)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Congrats to this year's Dream Makers & MESA Club! We experienced a huge growth in membership and now have approx. 75 members. During Fall semester students had the opportunity to learn from special guests from the medical and health community such varied topics including forensics, dissection and holistic health & nutrition. Kudos to Ms. Russell, Ms. Leyba & Ms. Elwess. During the holiday break, club sponsors (Russell & Elwess) were invited to present at UNM's Office of Diversity regarding the success of our program. Special thanks to Ms. Smith for media support.
Congrats to Ms. Harding for successful stewardship of 20+ Senior students @ Univ of New Mexico medical-nursing pipeline program. Students completed certified CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications in Dec. 2011. Go to Dec Albuquerque Journal for more on this program (photo by Richard Pipes/AbqJournal)
A big Welcome goes out to new teachers Ms. Williams-Baldonado, Mr. Geib, Ms. Stevens & Mr. Beachy who teach a variety of our Academy courses ranging from Physics & Math, to Forensics & Sports Medicine. Many thanks to our entire team: Mr. Amador, Ms. Harding, (Ms. Hoose,) Ms. Leyba, Mr. Meier, Ms. Pacheco, Ms. Ruiz, Ms. Russell, Ms. Smith and Mr. Trantham.
Remember, only 5 months until our first-ever AHAHS graduation!
Best wishes,
Karen Dz. Cox, Academy Head