NMHEP trains residents and community groups on how to make a more compelling case when engaging policymakers on issues they care most about. One critical tool that we provide and teach how to use is called, the Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Through the HIA, advocates and residents learn how to collect and utilize data that can drive and influence policy change, and hold legislators more accountable.
Building on our previous HIA efforts, in 2015, the NMHEP team in partnership with Human Impact Partners implemented a HIA Train the Trainers Program to build the capacity of New Mexico community members to serve as HIA TA providers. Therefore, knowledge and expertise will be more sustainable and can be passed onto more advocates at the local level well into the future. To our knowledge, this is the first HIA Train the Trainer Program in the country. A cohort of four New Mexico HIA technical assistance providers from Bernalillo, Dona Ana, San Miguel, and San Juan counties currently provide technical assistance via the Train the Trainers program to three HIA teams.