NMHEP Services

Action-Oriented Small Group Gathering – Funding and Technical Assistance Announcement!

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.

HEP focuses on building the organizational and community infrastructure necessary to improve the living conditions in our communities. We do this by connecting people, community groups and decision makers. HEP facilitates relationship building via gatherings. HEP supports nonprofits and community leaders from different regions around New Mexico who are working on diverse issues which impact community health and support them to learn from each other and share best practices.

Through HEP’s Action-Oriented Small Group Gatherings, HEP intends to strengthen relationships and solidarity with peers across New Mexico, to advance racial equity and community health through team building and focused actions connected to movement building, capacity building, and systems and policy change. In recent years, HEP’s Action-Oriented Small Group Gatherings series has produced the following results:

  •  It fosters new relationships, trust, and collaboration among groups that previously did not work together before.
  •  It builds leadership. Community members have honed their advocacy skills. They become more knowledgeable about decision making processes, and they become more confident communicating using diverse mediums about issues of importance to them.
  •  It serves as a catalyst for systems and policy change to advance racial equity and improve community health. Through new partnerships, groups have developed action plans and organized and mobilized around a specific community goal.

Through this HIA funding opportunity, HEP is excited to announce that we will support Action-Oriented Small Group Gatherings with at least 4 communities in 2018. For approved recipients, HEP will provide:

  •  Up to $2,500 to support approved gathering expenses.
  •  Coaching on how to plan and design content and logistics for a community-based gathering (if desired).
  • Logistics set up (i.e. venue, hotels, catering, etc.) for the gathering (if desired).

Priority will be given to small groups comprised of 4 to 12 individuals who: 1) intend to strengthen relationships and solidary with peers to advance racial equity and improve community health; 2) are actively engaged with the HEP network and/or would like to be in the future; and 3) demonstrate alignment with one or more of HEP’s policy strategies OR are working to advance the efforts of a previously completed, current or new Health Impact Assessment.

The HEP team asks applicants to please review, complete and submit the application . Applications will be accepted until September 29, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to contact us about their proposed ideas before starting the application so we can provide guidance and feedback. Applicants should submit their completed application by email to Jessi Jensen. If you are not able to submit your application via email, please contact Jessi Jensen at 505-490-1202 for alternative methods of submitting the application.

NMHEP’s Health Impact Assessment Services

The NMHEP 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.

Interested in Health Impact Assessment?

Please take a moment to read an overview of our wide array of Health Impact Assessment services and complete the survey so we can assess continued community interest in Health Impact Assessment and how NMHEP, through our, Health Impact Assessment services may best support your social justice and community health efforts in the future.


NMHEP’s Planning and Design of Community- Focused Convenings

September 28, 2016 at 2pm MST & October 19, 2016 at 10am MST

With the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership Team – Vaughan Glidden, David Gaussoin, and Jessica Jensen

During this webinar participants will explore how to effectively design community-focused gatherings that are aligned with project values, facilitate peer learning, and promote cross-stakeholder collaboration.


The webinar will be hosted on both September 28, 2016 at 2pm & October 19, 2016 at 10am MST

For more information please contact Vaughan Glidden at vglidden@nmhep.org

Here are some quotes from past participants-

“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.”

“As I looked around the room, I would say that I had to gasp. I had never been in the midst of such a caring group of leaders who were so well informed about the issues at hand, but who also were so Caring, I found myself Gasping (upon entering), There was a determined, but gentle caring in the air, at every table, across the entire room. It was a gentle, but strong energy that permeated each interaction and the building of community before my very eyes. It was truly amazing. This signified to me the amount of planning that went into getting to this point of caring so early into the gathering. The activities were carefully selected and showed that the leadership had great skills in building community”