Heinrich To Travel To U.S.-Mexico Border Region To Highlight Economic Development & Expanding Community Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This Saturday, May 16, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border region to discuss economic development and expanding community health services.

Saturday afternoon, Senator Heinrich will visit the Santa Teresa industrial corridor and meet with officials from the Border Industrial Association and Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Senator Heinrich has been a champion of Santa Teresa's growth, including fighting to restore export-vehicle crossing hours. Last September, Senator Heinrich announced a $400,000 grant for the development of a bi-national transportation master plan awarded to the New Mexico Department of Transportation through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program.

Senator Heinrich will tour the Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal at Santa Teresa to discuss the $400-millon facility's economic impact on the region. The facility, which became operational last April, is a 2,200-acre rail site located near Santa Teresa's three industrial parks, and near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. It includes one of Union Pacific's largest fueling facilities and the railroad's largest intermodal freight terminal along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Later on Saturday, Senator Heinrich will tour the La Clinica de Familia Santa Teresa School-Based Clinic where he will be briefed on the new facility's impact on the community. A $500,000 grant from capital project outlays under the Affordable Care Act allowed La Clinica de Familia to build the new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. La Clinica de Familia is a Federally Qualified Health Center that operates across Doña Ana County and provides affordable health care through a system of seven medical clinics, five dental clinics, three school-based clinics, behavioral health services, and Early Head Start, Healthy Start, and Promotora programs. In March, Senator Heinrich announced more than $2.1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services to expand La Clinica de Familia's Early Head Start program to serve an additional 72 families with intensive, comprehensive, high-quality education in Las Cruces and the surrounding area. La Clinica de Familia was also recently awarded a federal grant of more than $4.7 million to expand medical, mental health, and dental services to residents in southern New Mexico.

The information below is for planning purposes only. Media must RSVP to press@heinrich.senate.gov to attend.

Las Cruces - Saturday, May 16, 2015

WHAT: Press Availability at Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal at Santa Teresa
WHEN: 12 p.m. MT
WHERE: 9050 Strauss Road, Santa Teresa, N.M. 88008

WHAT: Press Availability at La Clinica de Familia Santa Teresa School Based Clinic
WHEN: 2 p.m. MT
WHERE: La Clinica de Familia Santa Teresa School Based Clinic, 100 Airport Road, Santa Teresa, N.M. 88008