Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Selfless Acts Earn Awards.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

Alice Marie Slaven-Emond

Health clinic founder worked to offer medical care to those struggling financially

AZTEC -- Alice Marie Slaven-Emond wondered why the kids weren't coming back to school. A nurse with the Aztec schools in the early '90s, she would send students home with pink eye or strep throat -- something that could be easily fixed with medication. But a day, two days, even more days later, the children still weren't showing up for classes.

"It became really apparent the kids weren't getting health care," she said. Parents couldn't afford to take the children to see a doctor, or they couldn't afford the needed drugs. The kids, then, simply stayed home until they got better.

Slaven-Emond is not one to shrug and figure there is nothing she can do about problems such as these. She pulled together with other go-getters in this northwestern New Mexico town to plan a nonprofit clinic that would be open three evenings a week and on occasional Saturdays. …

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