The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation celebrated its sixth anniversary on November 5, 2018. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the journey that brought us to this moment and extend gratitude to the amazing community partners and people who have shaped the partnership over the years. In this newsletter, HEP highlights community partners successes to share the partnership’s collective impact.
Since its inception, HEP has solidified a statewide network of four core partners and over 90 grassroots organizations and community members working to ensure every New Mexican can lead a healthy life, to live in neighborhoods where our children and families can thrive and have a say in decisions that impact their children and their lives. In 2017, partners cultivated relationships across communities and formed alliances around a common goal. Overall, 1,006 community-based stakeholders were engaged in HEP; 161 organizations collaborated across sectors; 254 parents and 214 young people and children advocated for systems change; and 70 decision makers were involved. Community members strengthened their leadership and built collective power. Through, partners’ community-driven research and follow-up advocacy, policies, practices, and systems have been successfully changed! Please view an extensive list of the Partnerships’ collective policy impacts here and read the newsletter for specific highlights. These systemic changes will ultimately improve the health of New Mexico’s children for current and future generations.
To celebrate HEP’s anniversary month, we are participating in #GivingTuesdayNM on November 28. Today is an opportunity for New Mexicans to take collective action to make a difference in our communities. The HEP funds raised will support the network’s future community-driven research efforts to inform policy.