New Mexico Office of Border Health
Mailing address: 1170 N. Solano Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone numbers: Voice 1-800-784-0394 Fax (575) 528-6045
Office of Border Health Director
Freida Adams, R.N., of Las Cruces, New Mexico, assumed the position as the director of the New Mexico Office of Border Health in January, 2014. Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Freida has over 30 years of professional experience in several U.S. states as well as Central America, South America, and Asia. In Venezuela she was involved in establishing urban free clinics in underserved areas by engaging partnerships with local schools, churches, community health workers and organizations, area medical professionals, medical and nursing students, state and local public health officials and partnerships with various hospitals and medical institutions in the U.S. Freida assisted in the formation of a non-profit organization of Venezuelan medical professionals that travel to remote areas of Venezuela, the Amazon region, and beyond to provide volunteer medical services to underserved populations. In Thailand, Freida was Director of Health Services at Grace International School, with students from 28 nations. During her tenure, she was active in Southeast Asia School Nurses’ Association. Working with area public health officials, she worked to develop policies and protocols for Avian Influenza Disaster Response, Child Abuse and Harassment Prevention and Response, Air Quality Emergency Response, Immunization Schedules, and other policies for Grace International School, which were adapted throughout S.E. Asia to other international schools. Freida enjoys volunteering through her church to help in community outreach projects. Married, with 3 children and 3 grandchildren, Freida’s greatest joy is being a wife, mother and grandmother.
phone: (575) 528-5154
Community Development Coordinator
Angie Sanchez Corral has lived in Anthony, New Mexico all her life. She has a Bachelor of Community Health degree from New Mexico State University. Having worked in the health field for five years, Angie is now the Community Development Coordinator for the Office of Border Health. She is fluent in Spanish and is responsible for providing support and technical assistance to county health councils, municipal and county governments, the Doña Ana Health Alliance, and Binational health councils, to incorporate border health issues and action agendas into their work plans. Angie also works with the Southern New Mexico Promotora Committee, New Mexico Community Health Worker Association, and other U.S. and Binational community organizations in their efforts to improve health education and access to health services. Although she has been a border resident her entire life, Angie was not aware of the many health care disparities that existed here until she began her work with the OBH. She loves her job and being able to make a difference in her community.
phone: (575) 528-5123
Administrator to the Office of Border Health
Priscilla Bartram is from Northern New Mexico, but has lived in Las Cruces for 16 years. She worked for DOH Public Health Division for 8 years, left PHD for 5 years then recently returned to OBH. She attended college at ENMU and NM Tech and majored in Business. Priscilla is a supervisor, manages all administrative support and budgetary services, contracts and federal grants along with human resource matters.
phone: (575) 528-5135
New Mexico Outreach Office Coordinator
Brenda Alvarado is the Outreach Office Coordinator. Her responsibilities are to coordinate border-wide health promotion and outreach activities with other Commission of Border Health offices in the US and Mexico. She also represents the Office of Border Health at meetings and participates in projects with community agencies that focus on obesity, diabetes, and immunizations. Brenda is a native of New Mexico and graduated from NMSU with a Master of Public Health and a Master of Public Administration.
phone: (575) 528-5146
Graphics & Media Designer/Webmaster
Andre Walker is the Graphics and Media Designer for the Office of Border Health. She is a native border resident originally from Chaparral, New Mexico and now lives in Las Cruces. Andre is responsible for maintaining the websites of the Office of Border Health and NM Outreach Office, designing and developing graphic media for health promotion and outreach, and preparing graphic and educational content for meetings, conferences, workshops, and specialized training and instructional uses. Prior to working at the OBH, she led a team of 5 designers in the production of 8 publications, and as such, was responsible for training, supervising and providing creative direction for graphic designers/creative leads at Mountain Dreams Publishing. Andre has an Associate’s Degree in Digital Graphics Technology from NMSU Dona Ana Branch Community College and has been working in the graphic design field for over 10 years.
phone: (575) 528-5153
Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Officer and Epidemiologist
Katharine Perez-Lockett is the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Officer and Epidemiologist. She currently partners with her border colleagues in all U.S. and Mexico Border States to conduct surveillance and epidemiology activities regarding infectious diseases that often affect both sides of the border. Her main projects include: the compilation and distribution of the Paso del Norte Region Border Influenza Surveillance Network weekly report, which includes influenza-like illness and laboratory data from sentinel sites of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and northern Chihuahua; production and distribution of the New Mexico Border County Infectious Disease Weekly Report to neighboring state epidemiologists; coordination of the Coccidioidomycosis (aka Valley Fever) initiative to improve diagnosis, reporting and treatment of this disease in New Mexico; among other projects with her border health and binational counterparts. She is an active participant in the Border Epidemiology Surveillance Team with other epidemiologists from the El Paso and Juarez, MX areas. Katharine was born in San Antonio, TX, but spent much time in Northern California, where she graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 1999. Shortly after, she joined the Peace Corps and served as a Community Health volunteer in Nicaragua from 2002-2004, which changed her life and led her to decide to pursue a career in public health. Katharine came to Las Cruces, New Mexico in pursuit of her Master of Public Health degree at NMSU through the Peace Corps Fellows program and graduated with Honors in 2008.
Medicaid Eligibility Specialist
Lynette Miramontes is a Medical Eligibility Specialist for the Office of Border Health. She has been with the Office since July 2005. Lynette is responsible for determining eligibility for Presumptive Medicaid, and assisting those seeking permanent Medicaid coverage. Before working with the OBH, Lynette worked at Camino Real Middle Cafeteria Snack Bar.
phone: (575) 528-5093
New Mexico Border Health
- Policy and Binational Coordination
- Local and Regional Coordination
- Health Promotion, Communication & Education
- Epidemiology and Surveillance
- Environmental Health and Justice
- Research and Assessments