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 low-income communities of color in New Mexico have lived in substandard conditions for years. 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. In 2017, 254 parents and 214 young people and children advocated for systemic change. Overall 70 decision makers were engaged.
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.