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Presbyterian, NM Alliance of Health Councils Awarded Grant to Improve Health Equity In New Mexico

April 20, 2020 Featured Press Release

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian and the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils have received more than $600,000 through Community Voices for Health (CVH), an initiative led by Public Agenda and Altarum, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

From reducing food insecurity to addressing behavioral health needs, improving the health of New Mexicans means engaging local communities as they find solutions that work. The grant will support local county and tribal health councils as they increase community engagement, improve assessment and develop policy recommendations on important public health issues, with an emphasis on under resourced communities. The initiative will be carried out in partnership with Public Agenda, a non-partisan research and public engagement organization, and Altarum, both of which will provide technical expertise.

Additional partners in New Mexico include the UNM Health Science’s Center for Participatory Research, the Center for Health Innovation (New Mexico Public Health Institute), New Mexico Department of Health, New Ventures Consulting and six New Mexico county and tribal health councils to be selected in the first 3 months of the project.

“In New Mexico, community health councils lead efforts to address important public health issues at the local level,” said A. Terrie Rodriguez, executive director of the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils, the statewide coalition that supports New Mexico’s 39 county and tribal health councils. “This funding will help ensure that health councils have the tools they need to do this work, and to make their voices heard on public health policy in New Mexico.”

Through its community health assessment process, Presbyterian works closely with and helps fund local health councils and the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils. The RWJF grant will expand this support through the six pilot projects to test community engagement strategies and help communities measure and report on health equity.

“At Presbyterian, our purpose is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Leigh Caswell, Vice President, Community Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “This grant helps Presbyterian and our partners take what we have learned and expand our efforts to help more New Mexico counties.”

Media Inquiries:

NM Alliance of Health Councils: Terrie Rodriguez (505) 231-1177