Our Team

032514_bios_JessicaJessica Espinoza Jensen

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership
Grants & Capacity Building Strategist
jjensen@nmhep.org – 505.490.1202

Jessi wants to live in a world where families hold active roles in developing solutions and informing decisions that affect their communities. Raised in New Mexico, Jessi sees the strengths, creativity, and beauty in her community and easily identifies opportunities and connections to move towards a healthier world.

Jessi has been with HEP since its inception in 2012. As the Grants & Capacity Building Strategist, she has coached groups to utilize health impact assessment; engaged new members in the network and created critical linkages across organizations; and been instrumental in planning community-focused gatherings. Through all of this, Jessi has remained committed to authentic community engagement and leadership. Her past endeavors studying sociology, exploring feminist works, teaching English abroad, providing assistance to non-profits, and working in research prepared her for this role.

When Jessi’s not at HEP, you can find her running in the surrounding beautiful mountains. For Jessi, her work at HEP and trail running are interrelated. She experiences trail running as an exercise in learning, understanding and connection. Trail running feeds Jessi’s soul as it has taught her to persevere, recognize her power and strength, and believe in things she didn’t think possible.

Jessi’s other passions include yoga, skiing, and hanging out with her husband, Brian, extended family, and rambunctious beagles, Bogus Basin and BurčáK Bilo.

David GaussoinDavid Gaussoin

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership
Communications & Marketing Associate
dgaussoin@nmhep.org – 505.660.0387

David Gaussoin provides communications, web site, newsletter, and social media support for the NM Health Equity Partnership. In addition, he serves as support for network engagement and external communications, as well as, the SF Indian Health Service HIA.

David holds a BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business, at the University of New Mexico. He has a back ground in applied fine arts and arts education.  David’s previous experience includes teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Community College, as well as, producing and selling his own jewelry and fashion internationally. David is a Native of Santa Fe, as well as, a proud member of the Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo. David is a strong advocate for the arts. He has worked with the Pueblo Opera Program, Avant Guard, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. He enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and sharing with others his own cultural background.

David strongly believes in equity and advocacy for grass roots community action-

“I believe community members hold the knowledge and answers. Sometimes, they just need to be asked. I do this work because we all have a responsibility to honor our past, present, and future generations, because this is our home.”

I_0038Jinelle Scully

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership
Creative Logistics & Operations Associate
jscully@nmhep.org – 505.490.1201

Jinelle believes that health is all we have in life and does her best to make her own health her priority. Personally, she is drawn to grief and loss, recovery from addiction, and resilience and community. Jinelle was born and raised in Michigan in a small community greatly impacted by environmental injustice. After some young wanderlust in New Mexico and Oklahoma she spent a decade living, loving, learning and losing in Alaska. She returned to the everlasting sunshine of New Mexico in 2012 and is happy to call it home.

Jinelle brings strengths from all of these places and her reputation for taking large leaps of Faith to the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership where she is the Operations Associate. She provides general support and logistics for the Partnership. Her work experience includes Early Childhood, Rural/Tribal Health, Social Service, and Adolescent Mental Health. Her newest adventure is pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a Nurse.

In the office you may find Jinelle planning a gathering over the phone while the folks on the other end unexpectedly share their life stories with her. Away from the office, Jinelle is often found spending time outside taking photos with her junkyard dog, Frida. Jinelle believes that someday soon, she will be put out of a job when communities return to their health.

Hep team

NMHEP team – Jinelle Scully, Jessi Jensen, & David Gaussoin

WHAT WE DO

NMHEP, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, focuses on building an infrastructure of community-based leadership that has the capacity and knowledge to change systems and address issues that make it possible for every New Mexican to have an opportunity live a healthy life. New Mexico needs residents actively involved and invested in making a difference, and it needs a strong set of community-based organizations that are effective and are a galvanizing force that is able to inform decision makers. HEP is building the foundation to make this possible.

WE PROVIDE TRAINING TO STRENGTHEN ADVOCACY

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 like-minded organizations and communities throughout New Mexico via convenings and our online forum. We identify non-profits and community members from different regions and provide the platform for them to learn from each other and share best practices.

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.