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Name: Melissa Candelaria
City, State: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Organization: New Mexico Health Resources, Inc. (NMHR), a non-profit organization that assists healthcare providers in recruitment and retention throughout the State of New Mexico, and the 3RNet member for the state of New Mexico.
How long have you lived in New Mexico? Why do you choose to live there? I was born and raised here in New Mexico so I have lived in this wonderful state for 49 years!
How is 3RNet impacting New Mexico? NMHR receives many referrals from the 3RNet which result in many placements!
What are the best cultural events that happen in New Mexico?
Why should a health professional choose New Mexico over surrounding states? New Mexico has such a diverse population, great climate/weather, many cultural events, and many jobs. New Mexico is the future!
What loan repayment programs does New Mexico have? Anything that makes those programs unique? We participate in the National Health Service Corps program and also have several state programs including: New Mexico Health Service Corps, New Mexico Loan Repayment, New Mexico Loan For Service Programs, and the New Mexico Healthcare Tax Credit Program.
How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in New Mexico? Every year New Mexico fills all of the 30 slots available with both primary care and specialists.
What sports teams does New Mexico have?
What is your favorite local food? Green chile cheeseburgers, red chile enchiladas
What are some misconceptions about New Mexico?
What are the biggest industries in New Mexico? Tourism, National Labs, small businesses, and the defense industry.
How is the weather/climate in New Mexico? On average, there are 278 sunny days per year in New Mexico. The U.S. average is 205 sunny days. Our summer high in July is 88 degrees, and our winter low in January is 20.