There are new and exciting opportunities to connect with Presbyterian Community Health initiatives all the time!
Free Healthy Meals for Kids
Children visiting the hospital can now enjoy a free, nutritious meal at Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque, Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, Socorro General Hospital in Socorro, Santa Fe County Medical Center in Santa Fe and Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho thanks to a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, and the Presbyterian Foundation. These Presbyterian facilities will provide select healthy options for children and then receive reimbursement. Meals must be eaten at the hospital.
COVID-19 Update: The Free Healthy Meals for Kids program has been adjusted to fit the needs of each hospital site. Please see the documents below for updated information for each location.
Free Healthy Living Classes
We offer many free classes that are open to the community, including cooking, gardening, fitness and Diabetes education. Classes are an opportunity to learn more about leading a healthy life and provide steps that support good health and well-being. They also create a space to connect with others in the community, and share knowledge, experience, and resources.
COVID-19 Notice: All in person classes have been suspended until further notice, but classes are now offered online or by telephone. To register for a class, click on the registration link below. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the class at the scheduled time. You can also register for classes by phone by calling the Wellness Referral Center at
Register for a virtual class
Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market: Improving Health Equity
The Mobile Farmers’ Market is a collaborative focused on improving health equity for low income individuals and families in Bernalillo County, by supporting local farmers and increasing access to and education about affordable, healthy, locally produced foods.
In the 2018 season, the Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market, a farmer’s market on wheels, provided over 1,000 residents of Albuquerque’s International District and South Valley with healthy, affordable, organically grown fruits and vegetables, and educational resources for how to prepare the markets’ offerings in cost-effective, delicious and easy ways. This effort is part of the Healthy Here initiative that includes Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Bernalillo County Community Health Council and community partners including but not limited to: Agri-Cultura Network, La Cosecha CSA, Street Food Institute, Kids Cook!, UNM Southeast Heights Clinic, First Nations Healthsource, Van Buren Middle School,UNM Southwest Mesa Clinic, First Choice Community Healthcare, Los Padillas Community Center, Adelante, UNM Prevention Resource Center, and the International District Healthy Communities Coalition.
The market accepts all forms of payment, including WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks, SNAP/EBT and Double-Up Food Bucks (get twice as much produce for the same price).
Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyHereMobileFarmersMarket
July 6 - October 28, 2020
Locations and Times
- 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
UNM Southeast Heights Clinic
8200 Central Ave SE
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
First Nations Community Healthsource
5608 Zuni Rd SE
- 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
UNM Southwest Mesa Clinic
301 Unser Blvd NW
- 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
First Choice Community Healthcare (South Valley)
2001 El Centro Familiar Blvd SW
- 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
First Choice Community Healthcare (North Valley Clinic)
1231 Candelaria Rd NW
For more information please email or call Natahlia Enoah, Community Food Projects Manager.
ABQ CiQlovía – Annual Free Open Streets Event
No Start- No Finish – Just Open, Car- Free Streets for All!
CiQlovía is a FREE event designed to encourage ALL Burqueños and visitors to enjoy our beautiful city and unique neighborhoods. It is an opportunity for juniors, seniors and inbetweeners to safely enjoy activities in the street.
Come walk, ride, roll, and play on Sunday October 20, 2019 from 10am – 3pm
Brought to you by Presbyterian Community Health, the International District Healthy Communities Coalition, City of Albuquerque, MRCOG, Bernalillo County Health Council, Healthy Here, Bike ABQ, NM Complete Streets, Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, NMDOT, and Albuquerque Public Schools. Made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
See www.abqciqlovia.org for more information and route maps
Connecting Harvest to Health/Conectando Cosechas con la Salud
Presbyterian Community Health is collaborating with Three Sisters Kitchen, Encuentro, and Meals on Wheels Albuquerque to bring a comprehensive approach to community food projects by connecting elderly residents with local produce, nutritious meals, and support in preparing and enjoying healthy foods.
Those connections will be created by home health aides (HHAs) who have supplemental nutrition and cooking training or medical providers assessing needs of elderly patients, and will be provided via home meal delivery service.
Connecting Harvest to Health/Conectando Cosechas con la Salud will:
Improve senior nutrition
Reduce language access disparities
Increase local food access
Increase consumption of nutritious foods
Enhance workforce development
Strengthen the support structures for agricultural producers
The project will train 135 HHAs (most Spanish speaking or bilingual), support purchase of over 63,000 pounds of produce from more than 10 local growers, and provide meal delivery to 540 low-income seniors. Overall, 1,620 seniors will directly benefit from HHA and Meals on Wheels program services during the four-year project period.
This work is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Paths to Health NM Programs
Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
What are the Paths to Health NM Program?
Paths to Health are New Mexico's name for a suite of evidence-based chronic disease self-management education programs developed by Stanford University's School of Medicine Patient Education Research Center. This includes:
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) for adults with any chronic condition and caregivers.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) for people with type 2 diabetes and those who care for them.
The Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS) program for cancer survivors and caregivers.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) for adults with chronic pain and caregivers.
Each program is peer-led and designed to help people gain the confidence needed to take part in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.
Who is the Paths to Health NM program for?
Paths to Health NM programs are for adults of all ages who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, heart disease, pain, depression, and high blood pressure. These programs are especially helpful for adults with one or more chronic health conditions. The family, friends, and caregivers of those who attend any Paths to Health NM program are welcome and encouraged to participate too. All Paths to Health NM programs are available in English and Spanish.
Subjects covered include:
Techniques for dealing with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance and preventing falls
Appropriate use of medications
Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
Nutrition, healthy eating, and weight management
Evaluating new treatments
Program length and cost:
Paths to Health NM workshops are FREE and run throughout the year. Participants meet in a small group setting, generally 12-20 people, for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. Workshops are open to the public at no cost and are offered in community settings like senior centers, churches, libraries, schools and hospitals.
Please contact your regional Paths to Health NM Coordinator (see below) to choose the workshop of your choice and reserve your space today.
Colfax, Harding, Mora, Taos, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Union, counties and the eight northern pueblos
Lupita Gurulé dé Martinez, CMS-CHt
Los Alamos, Northern Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Juan, and McKinley counties and Jemez Pueblo, Navajo Nation in New Mexico
Karim A. Martinez
Dona Ana, Grant, Luna and Otero
Catherine Offutt, MBA
Statewide Program Director for City of Albuquerque and Regional Coordinator
Bernalillo, Chaves, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lea, Roosevelt, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia
Edna Hutchison, CHW
Regional Coordinator for Spanish Language
Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance and Socorro Counties
Health Council Support
We are proud to support both county health councils and the New Mexico Alliance for Health Councils. For 25 years health councils have played a key role in the state’s public health system by identifying local health needs, establishing community priorities and plans, and implementing local solutions. The health councils have also leveraged small investments like ours to attract additional funding to support programs and services to improve the health of their communities. We currently work directly with nine county health councils in the communities where we have hospitals. Together with the health councils we identified needs, heard what the community was asking of us, and developed our plans to address those needs together. This allows us to reduce duplication and promote alignment and collective impact with our community partners. By working together we can be more effective and implement quality, sustainable programs and strategies which lead to better health for our communities.
Healthy NM Website
Presbyterian Community Health and its partners work together to improve conditions in neighborhoods and communities throughout New Mexico for better health. Through a partnership with the Albuquerque-based tech company, RS21, we created an interactive and visually dynamic way of using data to provide resources that connect health assessments and positive changes in the communities.
Interact with these resources
Light the District Engages Community
Presbyterian Community Health, as part of the Healthy Here initiative, has partnered with the International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC), to begin the “Light the District” project. This project engages community members and other stakeholders in planning and implementing an action-oriented approach to increase safety in the International District. On November 5, 2016, Presbyterian, IDHCC, and other partners hosted an Action Kickoff for a Safe Community at Van Buren Middle School.
To learn more about Healthy Here and the Light the District project, contact:
Tatiana Falcon Rodriguez, Community Health Manager
Healthy Food in Healthcare Vision
Presbyterian Healthcare Services believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy and live in thriving communities. Food is a key component of a healthy life and an important economic driver to support a healthy community. Presbyterian has identified healthy eating as one of our community health priorities and has signed the Healthy Food in Health Care pledge, a program of Health Care Without Harm, to show our commitment to this important determinant of health.
La Cosecha – Community Supported Agriculture
Learn about some of the work Presbyterian is doing to increase access to healthy food in Albuquerque's South Valley.
Presbyterian supports Prescription Trails as part of our active living priority. The Prescription Trails program is designed to increase walking and wheelchair rolling on suggested routes and promotes healthy lifestyles for families. Healthcare professionals write prescriptions for walking for their patients based on their current physical condition and to treat and prevent several chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure. Sedentary lifestyles contribute significantly to chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Prescription Trails connects healthcare professionals and their patients to walkable sites in New Mexico communities. To make sure that people engage in appropriate levels of physical activity, healthcare providers assess patient readiness to start or maintain a walking program and then write tailored prescriptions based on these assessments.
Prescription Trails is a collaborative team effort. Partners of the Albuquerque Alliance for Active Living envisioned the program with encouragement from the National Park Service' Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. The alliance's director, Joanne McEntire, requested the medical community's involvement through New Mexico HealthCare Takes on Diabetes and its executive director, Charm Lindblad. Building a collaborative team was essential to reach real outcomes, and Joanne and Charm hosted two visioning sessions in 2006, which lead to the Prescription Trails program. In 2008, New Mexico HealthCare Takes on Diabetes assumed leadership of the program.
A Prescription Trails walking guide is available for healthcare professionals and their patients. This walking guide lists parks and open trails by ZIP codes or city neighborhoods, making it easier for people to see what options exist for walking in different areas of the city.
View the online walking guide, walking tips, and a walking log to track information on the dates, distances, and times you walk!
Visit the Prescription Trails website
Maps have been developed for walking trails at many of our facilities, including:
Connect to Our Community Health Initiatives
Would you like to participate in a class we are offering, learn more about the community health initiatives, or partner with us?
For more information about ongoing initiatives, please contact Meredith Root-Bowman with the
Community Health Team
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