Healthy Eating and Active Living initiatives include a variety of projects designed to improve nutrition and support programs that encourage indoor and outdoor activities.
Wellness Referral Center
The Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center (WRC) was created by Presbyterian Community Health and is managed by Adelante Development Center. The WRC is responsible for connecting patients to classes and programs related to healthy eating, active living, chronic disease self-management, and more. Healthcare providers submit referrals for patients to the WRC and then the WRC contacts each referred patient to explain the resources available, registering them in programs at a time, location and in a language that is most appropriate for their needs. The WRC makes reminder calls and completes follow-up evaluations to learn about patient satisfaction, any barriers to participating, and to sign up the patient for additional classes and programs if desired. Patients also receive rewards for participating. WRC programs and classes are available for free to participants, in part, through funding by Presbyterian Community Health and Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. This work is also made possible thanks to funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
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 are made 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.
Learn more about the program
This work is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
We’re working to change systems and environments to make it easier for Hispanic, Latino, and Native American residents of the International District and South Valley to access healthy foods, be physically active, and manage chronic disease. We do this with the help of a large network of partners, all of which have years of experience and expertise working in communities. Collectively our impact is stronger than when we work alone. This work is funded through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) award and managed by Presbyterian Community Health.
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.
Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque
Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque (HNA) is collaborative of anchor institutions created in 2016 to develop partnerships and collaborative projects that leverage anchor institutions in Albuquerque and Central New Mexico. The partners include: Albuquerque Community Foundation, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, Central New Mexico Community College, City of Albuquerque, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
The Local Procurement Vision of HNA is that anchor institutions partner with our community to harness purchasing and investment power to strengthen the local food system to purchase locally and sustainably grown and produced food to provide to patients, students, and employees to support health and wellness. This vision will be accomplished through 1) community health and wealth building, 2) inspiring others, 3) educating children and community, and 4) supporting economic development.
Local purchasing addresses social determinants of health in our communities by investing in local businesses and farms and supporting economic development
Local purchasing can build on multi-sector partnerships, policies, and programs to address poverty, equity, and the root causes of unmet social needs
Local purchasing can provide access to and knowledge about healthy local foods