About

OUR PURPOSE:

Strengthen the capacity of communities to shift power relations and advocate for policy and systems changes to create healthy and just communities.

SHARED VALUE: WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT?

Every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, to live in neighborhoods where our children and families can thrive and to be able to have a say in the decisions that impact their communities and their lives.

BARRIER: WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY?

Too many New Mexicans live in neighborhoods where the air is dangerous to breath, water is dangerous to drink, the quality of education is poor, there is no healthy food nearby, and people live in isolation from one another.

Many communities of color in New Mexico have lived in substandard conditions for years due to colonization and systemic racism. Yet, we shouldn’t stand idly by and accept this status quo condition. Everyone should have the same opportunities to lead a better life. A better life could mean many things including a living wage, life affirming education, affordable housing and convenient transportation, to name a few.

SOLUTION: HOW WE RESPOND

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) focuses on building the organizational and community infrastructure necessary to improve the living conditions in our communities.

HEP is the glue that brings people, community organizations and decision makers together to improve living conditions for historically impoverished communities. We are the coach, cheerleader, connector, mentor and project manager that make healthy communities possible in New Mexico.

We build infrastructure through trainings, coaching and by sharing tools that allow both residents and community groups to hold policymakers accountable. We help elevate the community’s voice so residents can be the drivers of change.

VISION: HOW WILL THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT?

Every New Mexican has the opportunity to succeed and live a healthy life that includes quality education, nutrition, safety, transportation, etc. The community is fully engaged in ensuring good living conditions and has a say in higher-level policy decisions that impact their day-to-day lives.

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WHAT WE DO

NMHEP, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, invests in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community-based leadership that has the capacity and knowledge to change systems that make it possible for every New Mexican to have an opportunity to live a healthy life. New Mexico needs community members actively involved in making a difference, and it needs a strong set of community-based organizations learning from one another and serving as a galvanizing force to offer creative solutions. NMHEP is building the foundation to make this possible. To date, numerous policies have been influenced.

WE SUPPORT COMMUNITY – DRIVEN RESEARCH

NMHEP trains residents and community groups on how to make a more compelling and impact case when engaging decision makers on issues they care most about. One critical tool that we provide and teach how to use is a tool call the Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Through the HIA, advocates and residents learn how to collect and utilize data that can inform policy change, and hold decision makers more accountable.

WE CREATE CRITICAL CONNECTIONS AND LINKAGES

NMHEP facilitates relationships among organizations and communities throughout New Mexico via convenings and our communications platforms. Gatherings are opportunities are for community leaders from diverse regions to strengthen relationships, leverage resources, and promote cross-community learning. Community partners share promising practices and support each other’s efforts to advance equity. Community members are creating and becoming the systems they need to live healthy lives.

WE FOSTER AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

NMHEP supports community members to be their own champions, and ensure that local residents have a real voice and seat at the table. We train non-profits to develop the skills needed to better listen so grassroots community members have the opportunity to play an activity role in advocacy and decision making.

WE PROVIDE RESOURCES TO INCREASE ORGANIZATIONAL AND ADVOCACY CAPACITY

NMHEP funds advocates’ efforts to move an issue forward and coaches them each step of the way. That could be training them on a HIA. It also has included help with planning and design of community focused gatherings, as well as back-end operations including budgeting and reporting. HEP also coordinates the HIA Train the Trainers program building local knowledge, skills and expertise in providing high quality HIA technical assistance services.