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The Health Action New Mexico Team

Barbara K. Webber

Executive Director

Barbara K. Webber is a gerontologist by training. She began her career working on rural health and development issues in rural Brazil and West Africa. She has worked as a strong advocate for women's issues including administering a rape crisis center, a county wide domestic violence program with a shelter, a pioneer women's health center which included on-site birthing center and full reproductive health care options. She has been part of the management team for a nonprofit hospice and a nonprofit hospital's OB/GYN clinic. Before working at Health Action New Mexico, Barbara was an analyst at the New Mexico Health Policy Commission.

Colin Baillio

Communications and Central NM Outreach

Colin Baillio handles communications and outreach in central New Mexico.  He manages Health Action NM's blog and website, coordinates outreach and enrollment events, tracks New Mexico's progress on health reform initiatives, and helps to build statewide networks of advocates to ensure greater access to health care for all New Mexicans.  In 2013 he worked as an intern and temporary Legislative Correspondent in the Office of US Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) in Washington DC.  There, he focused on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and education.  He received his B.A. magna cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, and summa cum laude from the Department of Political Science with a concentration in health policy.  His goal is to help shape a health system that serves all New Mexicans with integrity.

Joseph A. Martinez

Consumer Outreach Coordinator

Joe Martinez is a native New Mexican from Silver City whose work focuses on diverse coalition building, grassroots organizing, community education, outreach, leadership development and facilitating citizen involvement in the policy-making process.   In 2015, Martinez was awarded the Families USA National Health Equity Advocate of the year.  Martinez’s previous professional experience includes serving as Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Rural Water Association, a lead organizer for Habitat for Humanity, and as a Chapter Manager for the American Red Cross. Martinez holds a BA in Liberal Arts, from Arizona State University.

Pamela Blackwell, JD

Project Director, Oral Health Access

Originally from New Mexico, Pamela K. Blackwell, JD is the project director for oral health access for Health Action New Mexico, a statewide healthcare advocacy organization. Previously, Blackwell was the Associate Director for Federal Regulatory & Payment Policy for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in Washington, DC where she was responsible for the development and implementation of federal regulatory and payment policy issues. Blackwell has worked directly with state and federal agencies including CMS/Medicare, legislators, and other organizations to develop and improve policy for her clients. Blackwell was a healthcare legislative assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for U.S. Rep. Steve Schiff of New Mexico and U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula of Ohio, and served in the legal department of a major hospital system in Washington, DC. Blackwell earned her bachelors degree in journalism at Colorado State University and her JD at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. Blackwell and her husband reside in Albuquerque and keep very busy with their three children, their 3-year-old daughter and 14-month-old twins.