Welcome to the world of community health workers. The job, part medical aide and part social worker, is a tradition in poor and rural communities around New Mexico and well established in similar places around the country. But institutional recognition has been slow to come.
“The Trust for Public Land is not concerned with preserving wilderness,” says Nate Marshall. “Instead, its mission statement, ‘land for people,’ reflects a broader, human-centric approach to conservation.”
“When you’re delving deep into understanding something, it can be challenging to make sure it’s accessible to anyone on the outside,” says Max Vilgalys. “But thanks to the input from our mentor and the other employees, we’re getting better at explaining our results.”