Community-Driven Research Technical Assistance and Training
HEP works with communities most impacted by inequities to conduct participatory research on institutions, systems, and policies and set forth recommendations and solutions. We provide funding, coaching, and training (in-person, online, via phone) to support community-driven research ensuring community members are the drivers of change.
Health Impact Assessment:
HEP has trained communities and organizations across New Mexico on how to use Health Impact Assessment to elevate community voice as part of decision making and to ensure community health is prioritized. Please take a moment to read an overview of our Health Impact Assessment services and complete the survey so we can assess continued interest in HIA and how HEP, may best support your social justice and community health efforts. Please check out our HIA page and HIA reports for current and past HIA efforts. Information regarding HEP’s HIA Train the Trainer’s Program and list of HIA TA Providers can be found here.
Boys and Men of Color Research and Evaluation:
In 2018, HEP partnered with RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a field advancement effort that aims to better understand and strategically improve the lives, experiences and outcomes of boys and men of color in the United States. HEP distributed $80,000 in capacity building grants to 11 grassroots organizations in Albuquerque and surrounding indigenous communities. In 2019, HEP continues to build on related work focused on healthy masculinities through a partnership with New Mexico Women.org, Together for Brothers, and Tewa Women United.
“I don’t think there is anyone else in NM creating the space at the state level to address the intersecting root causes of inequity.”
“Through NMHEP’s support, we were able to gather immigrant and refugee families to break bread together, share their narratives, and create policy recommendations on how institutions can provide more language and cultural access in education, transportation, and employment.”
Planning and Design of Action-Oriented Community- Focused Convenings
HEP serves as a convener and connectors of groups working across geographic, cultural, and issues areas. Over the past 7 years, HEP has coordinated over 50 statewide, regional, and small group gatherings designed to deepen relationships, strengthen leadership skills, and ensure community members drive solutions. Additionally, we have provided logistics support for grassroots community organizations and members to attend statewide and national events.
- Facilitation: HEP facilitates creative and interactive dialogues at gatherings.
- Technical Assistance: HEP offers technical assistance services on how to effectively create community-focused gatherings aligned with core values, facilitate peer learning, and promote cross- stakeholder collaboration.
- Planning and Logistics: HEP provides planning and logistical support services in designing and implementing community-based gatherings and events.
To learn more about HEP’s convening services please check out the following resources:
Current and recent examples of HEP work include:
Dialogues and Convenings to Strengthen the Health-Care Safety Net in New Mexico:
HEP is collaborating with the Con Alma Health Foundation to strengthen the health-care safety net in New Mexico and support a network of organizations to advocate for health policies and health-care reform. HEP’s role is coordinate convenings with Con Alma staff and conduct small group dialogues with diverse stakeholders.
Opportunity Santa Fe Retreat:
Gathering of Streams: HEP staff was contracted by Opportunity Santa Fe to co-create, plan, and facilitate the Gathering of Streams retreat for working group partners on May 10, 2019 at the Santa Fe Community College. The focus of the retreat was to lay the foundation to deepen relationships and trust among partners, develop a shared understanding of collective impact with an equity lens, and reflect on where OSF is now and determine a shared vision for the future.
Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training:
HEP partnered with NM Women.org and Chainbreaker to co-host the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training with 150 participants on October 20, 2018. HEP’s primary roles focused on planning and logistics.
HEP Statewide Gathering:
In 2018 HEP planned and convened our Statewide Gathering, Building Solidarity for Vibrant Communities and Families with 120 geographically, racially, and age diverse participants in Española on October 19, 2018. HEP facilitated change through peer sharing of community knowledge, organizing tools and techniques, and best and promising practices used to build community power. The gathering planning was informed, and sessions were led by grassroots leaders and community members doing the work. The event was described as grounding, informative and enlightening.
Action-Oriented and Small Group Gatherings:
Between 2015-2018, HEP partnered with diverse community groups to fund and convene action-oriented small group gatherings in Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, and Taos counties. The gatherings were designed to cultivate transformational relationships to advance racial equity and improve community health. HEP believes that having spaces for cultivating transformational relationships are a necessary precursor to long-term community organizing and policy change. The report from Tewa Women United highlights the results of their small group gathering. SEEDS OF HOPE: Storysharing for Healing Justice
Policy Advocacy Days:
During 2015-2016, HEP funded and supported core partners to host advocacy days to advance their policy recommendations. Partners from other communities attended each other’s events. The intent was to create a space for teams to learn from one another, build advocacy skills via trainings, and mobilize a larger base of support for policy efforts.
“HEP is effective in bringing communities together to build relationships and share narratives. It is important that the stories are being shared with families and communities – they are coming to life. The stories keep the fire going – the fire of awareness and love.”
“The relationship building was the most wonderful part. This is important to me because in New Mexico we are sprawled out geographically and resources are limited- the more we can work with a collective impact frame, the better. It takes building relationships and learning from each other.”
“I was able to connect with communities from rural New Mexico and other organizations that I did not know about. It was definitely a great event and great space to network.”
“When we work as one we are much more powerful. The conference was evidence of that. I picked up excellent info by the work being done by everyone.”