Accomplishments of the Health Councils:

 

  • Ø  Community health assessments:  All the health councils have conducted regular, detailed, community health assessments, using surveys, statistics, community forums, and other dataundefinedall of which is used at all levels of government and in the private and non-profit sectors
  • Ø  Community health planning:  All the health councils have developed comprehensive, long-range plans that have guided the policies and programs of county and tribal governments, non-profit service providers, and private funders in working together on solutions to local health challenges.
  • Ø  Raising and leveraging funding:  The health councils have been instrumental in bringing millions of dollars to New Mexico communities to improve the health of communities.  IN 2010, for example, the health councils attracted $3.5 million in new funding (in addition to their core
  • Ø  legislative funding through the NM Department of Health).  A 2003 study found that over a three-year period, the councils received approximately $8.5 million in state funding, and they were able to leverage this into an additional $27 million-a ratio of $4 for every $1. 
  • Ø  Coordination of and access to services:  Health councils coordinate services by reducing duplication, encouraging integration, and helping to fill identified gaps in services with new programs. 
  • Ø  Developing and influencing policy:  Health councils work with county and tribal governments, school systems, transportation agencies, environmental and recreational programs, and others, to create healthier communities, with safe streets, parks and recreational facilities, trail systems, farmers’ markets, community gardens, and health care facilities.
  • Ø  Mobilizing communities:  Below are just a few of the local solutions to local health issues that have been spearheaded by health councils:
  • ·       Health fairs throughout the state have provided free health information, blood pressure screening, diabetes testing, and other services (services often not available in more rural areas).
  • ·       Health Commons:  Two counties have built multi-purpose health facilities that house public health offices, community clinics, social services, and community meeting spaces.
  • ·       Access to services:  Health councils have worked with state health officials and private funders to bring needed services, particularly to rural and remote areas of New Mexico.
  • ·       Obesity prevention:  Many communities have instituted programs and facilities to encourage physical activity and to improve access to fresh, locally-produced food, both in the community and in the schools.
  • ·       Drug and alcohol abuse services:  The Bernalillo County Community Health Council recently convened a community-wide Opioid Summit that will lead to improvements in prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.  Otero County several years ago conducted a community methamphetamine study in collaboration with a university.

 


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