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 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 Together for Brothers HIA team.

David holds a BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business, at the University of New Mexico. He has a background 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 Garde, 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; 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.”

Vaughan Glidden

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

Vaughan provides operational and logistics support for NM Health Equity Partnership’s events and gatherings. In addition she serves as a HIA point person, supporting organizations as they go through the rigorous HIA assessment process.

Vaughan joined HEP after spending 10 years in New York, where she worked in non-profits and the arts. Vaughan’s work in non-profits has always focused on a holistic approach to health for children and the communities they live in. This goal has taken many forms, from working in with corporate and foundation partners to raise funds to carry out UNICEF’s work internationally to focusing locally, serving as a case-manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also has a background in commercial and fine art photography. Vaughan holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in Human Right and Advocacy from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

In her free time Vaughan enjoys spending time in the mountains, hiking, skiing, camping, and catching sunsets.

NMHEP Team – Vaughan, David, & Jessi

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.