Deepening Our Partnership and Commitment to Health Equity in New Mexico

  • The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (NMHEP) is excited to announce the selection of our four core community-based partners (Doña Ana Communities United team, McKinley Collective for Health Equity, San Juan Community Collaborative for Health EquitySan Miguel Health Impact Assessment team) who are working in their respective communities to improve health by addressing economic justice, environmental justice, labor-rights, land-use policies, and to prioritize substance abuse treatment rather than incarceration. During 2017, the NMHEP core partners will hold an integral role in the Partnership and will engage in:
    • The development of the Health in All Policies framework and statewide policy agenda and associated meetings and trainings (i.e. power mapping);
    • Planning meetings for the Statewide Health Equity Gathering;
    • Hosting one policy/advocacy day and attending other core partners policy/advocacy days; and
  • Action-oriented small group relationship building series.

Additionally, the NMHEP is excited to invite diverse individuals and organizations who are in agreement with theNMHEP’s mission and vision and committed to partnership within and between organizations and community to advance health equity in New Mexico to sign up as a NMHEP network member. Benefits include opportunities to:

  • Be part of a larger movement in New Mexico other to advance health equity;
  • Attend the Statewide Health Equity Gathering and connect your local health equity efforts to the development of a Health in All Policies Framework and statewide policy agenda;
  • Participate in the NMHEP’s peer to peer learning community; and
  • Learn about the NMHEP’s events, volunteer opportunities, and efforts via our newsletter.We are pleased to announce that Strong Families New Mexico, Chainbreaker Collective and Farm to Table New Mexico have already signed up as NMHEP network members. We encourage you and your organization to demonstrate your commitment to health equity in New Mexico by signing up as a network member here

Past Articles/Webinars/Newsletters –

Doña Ana Communities United (DACU)

The Doña Ana Communities United team, a local partner of the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, has been working throughout the county to learn about community members’ perspectives and concerns about health in the region.  These conversations would not have been possible without The Great Conversation and the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice as partners and collaborators.  The conversations have enabled the team to build collaborations with many knowledgeable organizations and residents in order to advance healthy equity. To learn more about the critical work of the Doña Ana Communities United team please view the articles below.

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McKinley Community Collaborative for Health Equity

The McKinley Community Collaborative for Health Equity, a local partner of the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, is working to change systems that perpetuate environmental health disparities related to the impacts of multi-generational trauma and institutional racism by empowering participating communities within the county to impact equitable policy change. To learn more about the important work of the NM Equity and Social Justice Institute team please view the news articles and blogs below.

McKinley Community Collaborative for Health Equity is exploring the possibility of partnering with Somos Un Pueblo Unidos and Somos Gallup to build the local capacity of community members to inform equitable policies. We are excited about this potential partnership to strengthen and expand the local community members skills across cultural backgrounds.

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C02 Pipeline Team

To explore how the proposed pipeline could affect community health, national non-profit organization Human Impact Partners is leading a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) with partners who include the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, the Partnership for a Healthy Torrance Community, the New Mexico Department of Health, and Torrance County residents.  The HIA will highlight how the proposed pipeline could affect health and equity in surrounding communities. Priority issues in the HIA include potential impacts to: culture and connections to the land, changes in land use, economic vitality, safety, and water resources. To learn more about the important work happening in Torrance County, please view the following articles.

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San Miguel County, NM HIA From Incarceration to Reintegration

The New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work and the NMHU Foundation, Inc. received a grant and partnered with the San Miguel County Detention Center and its Citizen Advisory Committee, the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center, the San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council, and numerous other community partners to conduct a Health Impact Assessment in the northeastern part of New Mexico. Communities here, which include San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties, struggle with higher than average rates of unemployment, substance abuse, DWIs, poverty, lack of access to health care and other basic services. These conditions lead to higher incarceration and recidivism rates. The health inequities among those who end up incarcerated are especially apparent. An Adult Reintegration Center has been proposed as a way to help address some of these health disparities. General goals of the Center would include: Reduce recidivism rates (currently at approximately 80%); improve overall health and safety of the community; promote mutual understanding and respect within the community; and enhance community-based partnerships. The HIA is currently underway to address the feasibility of a Reintegration Center for this region. The HIA Team is partnered with NMHU students who are conducting research to document the potential impacts a Reintegration Center would have on the communities in NE NM.  To learn more about the important work happening in Sam Miguel County, please  listen to the following interview. 

Past Articles –

Sun Port Boulevard Extension Project – Health Impact Assessment

Con Alma Health Foundation

NM Alliance of Health Councils Policy Committee