Health Impact Assessment

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, believes every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, to live in neighborhoods where our children and families thrive and have a say in the decisions that impact their communities. We train residents and community groups on how to make a more compelling case with greater impact when engaging policymakers on issues they care most about. One critical tool that we provide and teach is 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. The HIA is an effective means in empowering and elevating community members’ voices. HIA has produced the following results:

  • It builds leadership. Community members learn how to navigate the political system. They become more knowledgeable about decision making processes, and they become more comfortable with speaking before decision makers.
  • It commands attention from decision makers and leads to the adoption of community recommendations.
  • It fosters communication and collaboration among disparate groups that previously did not have good relationships.

A forthcoming report, by New Stories to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights HIA as a best practice. The NMHEP members are noted as STARS as communities coming together to inform policies to improve health via HIA. The report notes that what is particularly relevant in New Mexico is that HIA’s are being used by enough people in enough communities that they are creating a common vocabulary for action and learning.

HIA Funding Announcement

We are excited to announce a funding opportunity to support two Health Impact Assessments that center Indigenous peoples, communities of color, immigrants, and refugees to conduct community-driven research to improve policies that impact community health in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, or San Juan counties. Priority will be given to HIAs informing education or employment focused policies or plans. You can read more about our approach and the values we bring to HIA here. The HIA project period will be January 2020 – December 2020. Grantees will receive in person HIA training; a webinar series on the HIA steps and a platform for peer learning; ongoing coaching provided by New Mexico technical assistance providers and HEP staff; and up to $35,000. Applications are due by October 15, 2019.

We strongly encourage all interested applicants to participate in the HIA 101 webinar on August 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm to learn about HIA and HEP’s approach to the process. Participants may include those interested in this funding cycle and/or those interested in HIA. You can register for the webinar here. Please reach out to jjensen@nmhep.org for more information.

You can view the HIA Request for Proposals here.

 

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