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Community Health Program Highlights

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Connecting Harvest to Health/Conectando Cosechas con la Salud

Presbyterian Center for 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
  • Support entrepreneurship
  • 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.  

Community Health Assessment Forums

Help us envision a healthy New Mexico with your feedback on priority areas for improving health. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is partnering with local health councils to update the 2020-2022 PHS Community Health Assessments and Plans.

Please join us and share your ideas to help improve the health of your community. For more details on upcoming events visit our Events web page.

Healthy NM Website

The Presbyterian Center for 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​

Health Council Support 2017

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.

Light the District Engages Community

The Presbyterian Center for 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, con​tact 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.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

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 and Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso thanks to a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. These Presbyterian facilities will provide select healthy options for children and then receive reimbursement. Meals must be eaten at the hospital.

Program details:

  • At Presbyterian Hospital's cafeteria, children ages 1 through 18 can receive a free healthy meal seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • At Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital’s cafeteria, children ages 1 through 18 can receive a free healthy meal* and snack** Monday-Friday. (*meals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and **snacks from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • At Socorro General Hospital's cafeteria, children ages 1 through 18 can receive a free healthy meal* and snack.** (*meals from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. seven days a week and snacks** from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday)
  • At Plains Regional Medical Center's cafeteria, children ages 1 through 18 can receive a free healthy meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A caregiver accompanying the child is also eligible for a reduced price healthy meal.

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 2017 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, 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).

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June 4 – October 30, 2018

Locations and Times

International District – Mondays

  • UNM Southeast Heights Clinic
    8200 Central Ave SE
    9:30AM – 11:00AM
  • First Nations Community Healthsource
    5608 Zuni Rd SE
    12:00PM – 1:30PM
  • Van Buren Middle School
    700 Louisiana Blvd SE
    2:30PM – 4:00PM

South Valley – Tuesdays

  • Presbyterian Medical Group
    3436 Isleta Blvd SW
    11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • UNM Southwest Mesa Clinic
    301 Unser Blvd NW
    11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • First Choice Community Healthcare
    2001 El Centro Familiar Blvd SW
    2:00PM – 3:30PM
  • Los Padillas Community Center
    2117 Los Padillas Rd SW
    4:30PM – 5:30PM

For more information please, email or call:
Natalie Donnelly, Community Food Projects Manager​
Phone: 505-559-6858

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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Prescription Trails​​


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 a number of 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:

Other Presbyterian Community Health Programs

Making A Plan for Community Health

Hosting farmers' markets, prescribing physical activity, and promoting smoking cessation programs – these are just a few of the ways Presbyterian works to keep the communities we serve healthy. Beyond providing comprehensive healthcare to our patients and members, Presbyterian is also developing programs to improve health in the broader community as a part of the Affordable Care Act and in alignment with Healthy People 2020, a national initiative to improve the health of all Americans.

A team of Presbyterian employees assessed health needs in the communities we serve and then, working with community partners, prioritized the top three priorities to focus on in community health plans around the state. Those top three priorities are: healthy eating, active living and prevention of unhealthy substance abuse.

Soon you'll be hearing more about community health plans and the specific programs we're supporting around the state to target those priorities.

If you have questions about these community health plans or programs, please contact Leigh Caswell with the Community Health Team

We're Connecting Kids with Healthy Foods

As part of our community health plan and focus on healthy eating, Presbyterian supports the FoodCorps program. A national program with several sites in New Mexico, FoodCorps teaches kids about healthy foods, builds school gardens, and brings high quality local food to public school cafeterias.

Over the last five years, Presbyterian has funded FoodCorps positions in central New Mexico to strengthen community connections with healthy eating programs. One FoodCorps service member is working with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS); the other is working with La Plazita Institute, which connects youth, the elderly, and the community in a holistic, cultural way. The FoodCorps service members have several programs underway, including building gardens at local schools, piloting nutrition-oriented curricula, and providing taste tests of new, nutritious food to APS students.

If you have questions about these community health plans or programs, please contact Leigh Caswell with the ​ Community Health Team

Presbyterian Helps Lead Effort to Reduce Opioid Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico has the highest drug overdose rate in the nation. Overdose deaths in Bernalillo County account for almost half of all drug overdose deaths in the state. Presbyterian has joined forces with government agencies, law enforcement groups, education leaders, and community outreach programs to try to reduce drug overdoses in New Mexico. This effort ties in with one of our three community health plan priorities: prevention of unhealthy substance use.

In September 2013 and again this year, Presbyterian helped sponsor the Bernalillo County Opioid Abuse Accountability Summit, which brought together a range of leaders and stakeholders who are collaborating to "turn the curve" on overdose deaths and help save lives in New Mexico. The group will also work on strategies for reducing dependency on prescription drugs and heroin. Work groups from the summit will meet over the next two years to develop and implement recommendations in key focus areas, including prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and criminal justice.

Presbyterian Growers' Market Offers "Two-For-One" Double Value to SNAP Participants

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian's Growers' Market offers the two-for-one double value program for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

The SNAP Double Value Program can be spent on fresh fruit and vegetables at select New Mexico farmers' markets, including Presbyterian's market relocated this year to the Reverend Hugh Cooper Center located at 9521 San Mateo NE every Tuesday morning, 7:30am-12:30pm. The funding is made possible by the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation.

“Presbyterian is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and this program will help New Mexico SNAP participants have access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables at a discounted cost," said Leigh Caswell, Presbyterian community health manager.

SNAP customers will be matched up to $20 per market visit. In addition to the Albuquerque Presbyterian Growers' Market, the SNAP Double Value Program will be available at the Tucumcari and Socorro farmers' markets.

“This is a great program for customers and farmers alike," said Denise Miller, executive director of the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association (NMFMA), who will help administer the program. The funding has arrived just as the selection of locally grown produce available at farmers' markets is at its peak," she said.

More than 30 farmers' markets around the state accept SNAP benefits. The SNAP program currently serves more than 199,000 New Mexico families with incomes up to 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The SNAP Double Value Program will run until funds are expended and/or the markets close for the season

Presbyterian Community Health has committed to continuing the program during the 2016 growing season. Presbyterian is hosting the Albuquerque Uptown Growers' Market this year at its business center located at 9521 San Mateo NE every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the last Tuesday in October.

Visit the ABQ Uptown Growers' Market website

Presbyterian exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,600 respected employees and growing.

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.

Antonio Mondragon
Regional Coordinator
Colfax, Harding, Mora, Taos, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Union, counties and the eight northern pueblos
Phone: 575-770-2206

Lupita Gurulé dé Martinez, CMS-CHt
Regional Coordinator
Los Alamos, Northern Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Juan, and McKinley counties and Jemez Pueblo, Navajo Nation in New Mexico
Phone: 505-690-4436

Karim A. Martinez
Regional Coordinator
Dona Ana, Grant, Luna and Otero
Phone: 575-525-6649

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
Phone: 505-884-8389

Edna Hutchison, CHW
Regional Coordinator for Spanish Language
Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance and Socorro Counties
Phone: 505-559-6862

Kitchen Creations

Kitchen Creations enhances meal planning and food preparation skills for self-management through four sessions, each lasting two  and a half to three hours. Nutrition recommendations presented in Kitchen Creations are in line with current recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes set forth by the American Diabetes Association.

Kitchen Creations is a cooking school for people with diabetes and their families. The Kitchen Creations curriculum was adapted from a successful West Virginia curriculum, Dining with Diabetes, in 1999 by certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and extension specialists in the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Kitchen Creations is offered free of charge to participants across New Mexico by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, with funding from the NMDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

Kitchen Creations enhances meal planning and food preparation skills for self-management through four sessions, each lasting two and a half to three hours. Nutrition recommendations presented in Kitchen Creations are in line with current recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes set forth by the American Diabetes Association. Sessions are based on social cognitive theory and include participation in nutrition education activities, food preparation activities, and the tasting of foods. Learning is enhanced by the social support of others in the classroom. Extension home economists and registered dietitians, and/or certified diabetes educators facilitate the sessions, incorporating group learning, discussion, and skill-building. Participants receive materials to assist in making recommended lifestyle changes, including a manual and diabetes cookbooks.

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 Leigh Caswell with the Community Health Team

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