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  • 07 Mar 2019 3:08 PM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    Join us in Las Cruces!

    NM Alliance of Health Councils
    Southern Regional Meeting
    of Health Councils

    Monday, April 1
    12:30 - 4pm

      The New Mexico Alliance of Heath Councils invites health council members and coordinators in the southern counties to attend the Southern Regional Meeting of Health Councils on April 1, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The meeting is in conjunction with the NM Public Health Association's Conference April 1-3.

    Register Here

  • 18 Dec 2018 11:26 AM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    Show your love for public health on Valentine’s Day by joining us for Public Health Day at the Legislature!

    February 14, 2019 8:00am - 2:00pm,
    Program at 12:00pm in the Rotunda

    See flyer

  • 20 Sep 2018 11:46 AM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    Health Council Members and Partners in the Metro Region - Register now for this Leadership and Capacity Building Academy September 27 and 28 in Albuquerque.

  • 26 Feb 2018 9:03 PM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    REGISTER NOW for the Annual Meeting of County and Tribal Health Councils, April 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual NMPHA Conference.

  • 14 Mar 2016 4:01 PM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    Health System Innovation: Community Stakeholder Engagement Report and AppendixThese documents summarize the results of community meetings and input sessions that were organized and hosted by the County and Tribal Health Councils during the summer and fall of 2015. This was part of New Mexico's Health System Innovation planning process, which included Stakeholder Summit Meetings and Steering Committee meetings that occurred at the state level. This was truly a collaborative effort, involving the health councils, Department of Health staff, the Alliance of Health Councils, and many community partners.

    Highlights of the HSI community engagement results: There were over 130 community meetings conducted by and with health councils, and every one of them had diverse comments about the health challenges that we face, as well as the approaches and solutions that can contribute to improving the health of New Mexico communities. Among health challenges, the communities cited the need for greater access to health care at all levels, including primary care, specialty care, urgent care, and hospital services. The information shows that New Mexico faces a continuing crisis in behavioral health--there is a need for additional prevention, intervention, and treatment services, in mental health substance abuse, and related problems like interpersonal violence and drug-related deaths. At the same time, New Mexico has a wealth of resources and approaches that are working, and that in many cases should be expanded. A few of these are community health centers and Health Commons facilities; community-based emergency medical services; community health workers; telehealth networks; food policy councils; community food, nutrition, and exercise programs; and health fairs and other health education efforts. A number of communities talked about the value of coordination of services and resources at the local and statewide levels. Having agencies and community groups that talk to one another and work together is critical to improving the health of communities.

    Roles of the health councils: The County and Tribal Health Councils continue to be at the center of efforts to improve coordination, communication, planning, and mobilizing communities to identify and address local health needs. In the HSI community engagement process, there were many comments about the current and future roles of health councils. Many people felt that the health councils should be at the center of local coordinating hubs that will ensure the success of the HSI Design at the community level.

    Many, many thanks to all who helped make this process work: Health council members and coordinators, other community participants, New Mexico Department of Health regional and statewide staff, and others. It could not have happened without you. Thank you.

    The other Health System Innovation documents may be seen on the NM Department of Health website, at http://nmhealth.org/about/asd/opa/sim/

  • 12 Mar 2016 8:48 PM | Helen Henry (Administrator)

    It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the passing of Retta Ward, Cabinet Secretary of the NM Dept. of Health. Retta (she preferred using first names) was wonderful to work with. She was a careful listener and a conscientious, knowledgeable, and dedicated public servant, as well as a warm and caring person. She had a gift for making everyone feel they had a special relationship with her.

    Secretary Ward often ventured out from the security of her fourth-floor office to interact with her employees, colleagues, and constituents. She could often be seen walking briskly around the block outside the Runnels Building with colleagues, or stopping to say hi in doorways. Her leadership style was to hire good people and then allow, inspire, and support them to do their best—even if it meant changing the way things had been done in the bureaucracy for years.

    In 2015, the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils joined with other public health groups to organize a Public Health Day at the Legislature, with a noontime program in the Capitol Rotunda. Secretary Ward stopped by, stayed the whole time, and gave an eloquent, impromptu talk on how public health efforts are addressing some of the intractable health issues that we face in New Mexico. This year, she agreed to have the Dept. of Health co-sponsor the event.

    Six months ago, we had a meeting in a county health office with representatives of several northern New Mexico counties who had expressed serious concerns about recent Department of Health actions. Halfway through the meeting, Retta came in (unannounced and unexpected), listened carefully, asked questions, and responded thoughtfully.

    We will miss her very much.

    Ron Hale Executive Director New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils

    (Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Tuesday, March 8, 2016)

  • 15 Dec 2015 8:52 PM | Ron Hale (Administrator)
    Interested organizations and individuals are invited to become Associate Members of the NM Alliance of Health Councils.  Benefits of Associate Membership include participating in a network of entities that is a critical part of the state's public health infrastructure, and keeping up to date on news and events affecting public and community health in New Mexico.  Download the application here.
  • 15 Dec 2015 8:46 PM | Ron Hale (Administrator)

    The New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils has updated its Strategic Plan for 2016.  The updated plan includes a progress report in meeting 2015 objectives.  Click here to view the draft Strategic Plan.  NMAHC members are asked to review the plan and make any comments or suggested changes.  Please send feedback to Ron Hale at ronhale@aol.com by December 31, 2015. 

  • 01 Nov 2015 2:01 PM | Ron Hale (Administrator)

    The New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils will again co-sponsor a Public Health Day at the Legislature on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, to celebrate and share our collective accomplishments and aspirations for public health in New Mexico.  Last year's event was very successful, with 23 organizations represented and interesting and lively presentations during the noon hour in the Capitol Rotunda.  The New Mexico Department of Health and other groups will co-sponsor the 2016 Public Health Day.

    A limited number of tables at the Roundhouse will available for health councils to share their information--either at their own table or at a shared table manned by the Alliance of Health Councils.  Health councils will have first shot at reserving a table for the day; if you are interested, please contact Dick Mason, NMAHC Policy Committee Chair, at polirich@aol.com by November 6, 2015.  Please see below for details.

    We have two other requests:  We would like to have a running slide show at the Public Health Day of photos to illustrate the many activities of health councils and their partners around the state.  Please send any photos to us sometime during the next few weeks, so that we can share your activities and accomplishments with legislators and visitors to the capitol.  We also need written descriptions of health council activities to assemble printed materials, as well as for posting on the Alliance website. 

    Thank you!

  • 21 Sep 2015 11:02 PM | Ron Hale (Administrator)

    The New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils is working with the Con Alma Health Foundation to learn how the Affordable Care Act is working in New Mexico communities.  Here is a link to a brief survey to gather information from around the state.  We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to click on the link and answer the questions about how the ACA is working in your community.  This will provide important feedback that can be used to improve health coverage and service in New Mexico.

    Also, please distribute this e-mail to your membership and e-mail lists.  The more information we can gather from New Mexico communities, the better.

    Thank you for your help!

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