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Jenny Martinez of Santa Fe, who served as director of the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging, will receive the Rep. Nick Salazar Award during the 30th annual New Mexico Conference on Aging in Albuquerque.

Martinez retired in February 2008. She began her career in the aging network as a senior van driver in Tucumcari and went on to run the Tucumcari program. Eventually, she moved to Santa Fe, where her leadership skills and her commitment to serving the poorest and frail elderly led her to become the director of the Area Agency on Aging.

The award was first given to Rep. Nick Salazar by the state Agency on Aging at the 24th Conference on Aging in 2002. Since then, Salazar has selected an individual each year to receive the award, created in his honor, to recognize those who make a significant contribution to enrich the lives of senior citizens of New Mexico.

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Alfredo Vigil is the new president of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was inducted Aug. 8 by the National Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Rick Kellerman.

Vigil is a native of New Mexico. He received his academic degree from The University of New Mexico. For the past 30 years he has worked in many rural clinics throughout New Mexico.

Kellerman also introduced vice president Mario Pacheco, M.D., of Santa Fe.

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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Date:Aug 31, 2008
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