HEP is committed to strengthening the capacity of communities to shift power relations and advocate for policy and systems change. We believe every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, to live in neighborhoods where children and families thrive, and have a say in the decisions that impact their communities and their lives. HEP works with communities to co-create processes, practices, convenings, and trainings rooted in equity. The HEP team with the support of our broad network and HIA TA Providers offer a number of services to help organizations ensure your work is rooted in equity and that community members are the drivers of change.
A list of services is below. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Alexandra Goldman.
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) – Health Impact Assessment is a community-driven research project which systematically judges the potential, and sometimes unintended, effects of a policy, plan, or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA are powerful tools for advocacy and have led to significant policy and programmatic victories. HIA are also community organizing tools and are community-owned. See our HIA page for more information and examples.
Photovoice Workshops – Photovoice is an empowering and inclusive methodology for gathering feedback from a community. Photovoice affirms the lived experience of participants and allows participation from individuals who are often left out of the data collecting process. Photovoice can reveal realities that other feedback processes do not.
Graphic Recording/ Time lapse video – Graphic recording can create a visually compelling and accessible summary of meetings or final presentations. A timelapse video can also be created to show the illustration in progress. See an example of a final photovoice, graphic recording, and time-lapse video project. NMHEP can also provide a graphic recording training series to teach community members, or organization staff, how to become graphic recorders themselves.
Collaborative Funding – NMHEP will collaborate with mission-aligned grassroots organizations for the following fundraising purposes: identifying funding sources, writing or editing grants, providing grant management support, assisting with grant reporting, and serving as a funding intermediary. NMHEP is also interested in co-applying for grants around a research project, training series, or around other potential partnerships.
Convening Services – The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) team serves as a connector and convener of groups working across geographic, cultural, and issues areas and builds infrastructure for peer learning communities. We use a bottom up approach to address challenges by empowering community members to serve as leaders. We have a unique ability to bring people together working across issues to have collective impact. The HEP team has planned statewide and regional convenings and trainings to deepen relationships, strengthen leadership skills, and ensure community voice is elevated as part of decision making. NMHEP can support Foundations and other organizations to convene and connect a cohort of partners across the State.
Additional Sustainability Consulting – NMHEP works to create a robust partnership of communities across the state working towards racial and health equity. We provide basic sustainability consulting services to help grassroots groups build their internal infrastructure and power.
- Basic budgets/budgets for grant purposes
- Grant writing/research/reporting
- Campaign planning, community outreach/engagement
- Making a workplan/resource development plan
- Data literacy for activists
- Basic marketing/social media
- Basic Mission/Vision statements
- Website content/basic WordPress editing
- Asset mapping/other strategic planning
- Community-based research technical assistance
Current and past clients:
HEP worked with the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Indigenous Center, and the San Miguel City Youth Council on photovoice projects to further identify and collect data in their communities.
HEP worked with the Notah Begay III Foundation to co-design content for eight gatherings for the Native Youth on the Move cohort. Utilizing HEP’s statewide network, we are offering dynamic workshops (i.e. asset mapping, zine making, photo voice etc.) designed to plant seeds for future systemic change.
HEP worked with Opportunity Santa Fe to co-create and facilitate their Gathering of Streams retreat. 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. HEP is currently working with OSF to develop a strategic roadmap for 2020 rooted in equity.
HEP managed logistics for a Healthy Masculinities retreat with 27 participants for a collaboration with NM Women.org, Tewa Women United, and Together for Brothers.
HEP worked with the Con Alma Health Foundation to strengthen the health-care safety net by coordinating two statewide gatherings and 15 community dialogues and interviews.
HEP managed logistics for New Mexico Women.org’s Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training with 150 participants.
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.
HEP 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 sharing of community knowledge, organizing tools and techniques, and best and promising practices used to build community power. The planning was informed, and sessions were led by grassroots leaders and community members. The event was described as grounding, informative and enlightening.
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.
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.
“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.”