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Curry County Health Council

Curry County was established in 1909 and was created from parts of Quay and Roosevelt Counties. Curry County is 1405.9 square miles, making it one of the smallest counties in New Mexico. The county seat is Clovis and the cities located in Curry County are Clovis, Melrose, Texico, Grady and Cannon Air Force Base.  The approximate population for the county is 48,000.

 

In the past, the Curry County Health Council (CCHC) has been instrumental in raising awareness about teen pregnancy with programs such as Stay Teen by facilitating promotional activities and funding for transportation to health care providers. The CCHC has also contributed to the ongoing success of “National Night Out”. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and is sponsored by the Clovis Police Department. The CCHC joins in this event to offer the “Back to School Health Fair”, which is going on its 14th year.  Several health vendors will be on site offering their services, such as immunizations, medical and dental services.

 

The CCHC is currently in its development and restructure stage.  We have recently restarted an initiative to heighten awareness about National Health issues as well as the county’s top health indicators with an event called “12 Months of Wellness”.

 

The CCHC recently elected new officers:

Chair- Madison Gross with Meca Therapies.

Vice Chair- Tony Bustos with Turquoise Health & Wellness.

Secretary- Nellie Aragon with Familia Dental.

 

The Health Council continues to meet monthly.  Meetings are usually held on the 4th Thursday of every month, 3-4 pm, at the Hartley House, 900 Main St., Clovis, NM.

 

The CCHC does not currently a website yet but you can like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curry-County-Health-Council/237543869776487


Quay County


For many years, the Quay County Health Council, based in Tucumcari, focused on the health needs of children and teens.  Their current priorities are:

  • Obesity Prevention & Access to Services.
  • Substance Abuse Prevention & Access to Treatment.
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Access to Education & Services.
  • Suicide Prevention & Access to Mental Health Services.

Within these priorities, the Health Council has had an impressive list of accomplishments, helping to bring a number of programs and services to the county.  The council was instrumental in establishing the Quay County Home Visiting Program for highest risk families, an Early Head Start program, and a local domestic violence hotline.  The Council has helped established a USDA Free Breakfast Program in schools, school-based mental health services, and alcohol and suicide prevention initiatives, as well as establishing a School Alcohol-Free Zone Act (in partnership with State Representative Moore; the bill passed in 2005). 

In the larger community, the council has organized Quay County Community Wellness Fairs since 1997; the most recent one in April 2014 attracted 600 people.  The council organizes an annual Fun Run (with 300 people participants) and a Strong Seniors program. 

The Quay County Health Council has an Early Childhood Subcommittee that works to improve health services and childcare.  Quay County has the highest infant mortality rate of any New Mexico county, and they lost a critical prenatal care program, forcing people to travel to Clovis for services.  Quay County has experienced 45 pregnancy-related emergencies in recent years.  Quay County has implemented Safer Choices, an evidence-based educational program to combat teen pregnancy.

Access to health care services continues to be a challenge, as it is in many rural areas.  Quay County lost its only diabetes educator, and now receives diabetes education via telemedicine from Albuquerque.

Over the years, the Quay County Health Council has been instrumental in bringing in over $12 million to support health programs and initiatives.

Chaves County


The Chaves County Health Planning Council is appointed by the Chaves County Commission to collect and analyze county health – related data; assess, plan, and support implementation of health care services and systems designed to address key health issues in the county; and communicate health issue information to elected officials and county decision-makers.

 

The Chaves County Health Planning Council was established in December 1997 following a year-long planning process as part of the Kellogg Foundation – funded “Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health” initiative. It evolved from the MCH Council established in 1993.   The membership includes at least 20 members from eleven representative areas including consumers, clergy, public schools, city and town governments, agencies, and senior groups.

 

Accomplishments of the Chaves County Health Planning Council:

  • Created a dental services program in 1999 that has evolved to a full-service sliding scale dental clinic, dental assisting education program, and dental hygiene education program. Recognized by Kellogg Foundation on its 75th anniversary as one of 75 outstanding grassroots programs internationally.
  • Founded of La Puerta Abierta (The Open Door) in 2008 - a free women’s health program that includes case management and home visitation for pregnant and parenting women, women’s health care access, the Safer NM Car Seat Program, and presumptive eligibility for Medicaid.
  • Established the first school-based health center program in the county in 2004, now funded by NMDOH to include a full-time CFNP providing primary care for students in the Roswell schools.

  • Creation of the Chaves County Community Pharmacy Program in 2003 providing assistance with obtaining free medication from pharmacy company programs for every non-federal health provider in Chaves County.
  • Initiated of a partnership in 2010 with Blue Cross Blue Shield NM, United Healthcare, and Roadrunner Food Pantry to provide 50 pounds of fresh and packaged food monthly for 260 low-income families in Chaves County.

  • Initiated a Community Transformation Grant through funding from the state and Centers for Disease Control in 2012 leading to adoption of the SPARK PE curriculum in all county schools, a Farmer’s Market in Lake Arthur, and walking clubs for kids in several county schools.

 

  • Started a free outreach primary care clinic in Spring 2013, staffed by volunteer providers who provide services for the homeless and uninsured.

  • Initiated a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Spring 2013 using funding from the Kellogg Foundation through the Santa Fe Community Foundation to guide a planning process leading to development of a homeless shelter in Chaves County.
  • Annual Health Fairs drawing over 1,000 people for screening and service information.

 

The Chaves County Health Council is currently involved in implementing a Health Impact Assessment for a proposed Red Shield Shelter and clinic for homeless people.  Other current projects include a Clothes Closet, Mobile Pantry, Pharmaceutical access program, and a Teen Program (with a recently received $20,000 grant to establish a teen center).


Eddy County


The Eddy County Health Council is currently being revived after being inactive following the loss of State funding in 2010, with several meetings held so far in 2014.  The council will be focusing on one project per quarter.   Presbyterian Medical Services is partnering with others on a diabetes prevention program.

 

In past years, the council focused primarily on three priority areas:  access to care, obesity, and teen pregnancy prevention.  The Eddy County Health Council published and distributed a service directory for use by first responders and other service providers.  The council worked with the Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition and other organizations in efforts to reduce the damage done by prescription drug misuse, including placing a brochure, “Safe Prescription Drug Storage and Disposal in your Home,” in the pay envelopes of every employee of Eddy County.


DeBaca County


The De Baca County Health Council has recently revived itself after several years of inactivity.  The council currently focuses on diabetes and obesity. It initiated a prevention program that includes a pre-diabetes support group, nutrition information, and a walking group in which participants lost average of 20 pounds each.  The council recently received a grant for exercise equipment.  The council also sponsors healthy activities with kids.


Roosevelt County

 


The Roosevelt County Health Council is in the process of re-organizing itself after several years of being inactive.  A related Emergency Planning Committee still meets regularly.


Lea County


The Lea County Health Council has been focusing on women’s health, teen pregnancy, and access to care.  The council sponsored a Women’s Health Expo in March, with mammogram van and other services.  Also planned are a teen pregnancy prevention event and a mental health class, both in cooperation with New Mexico Junior College.  The council is also working on establishing a teen center, and has helped add pharmacy services to the small clinic in Eunice.


Lincoln County


The Lincoln County Health Council has focused on access to care, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other health priorities.  The council continues to publish a Health and Wellness Guide and a resource director, with 6,000 copies published.  The council works in partnership with the Mescalero Apache tribe to sponsor an annual health fair that includes a mammogram van and other services and information.  The council also collaborates with Mescalero on a drug court, with Responsible Gaming funding.  Domestic violence is a major problem in the county, but funding is coming into the county to support prevention and intervention efforts.  Three to four events for youth are held each year, in order to combat substance abuse. 

 

Other accomplishments over the years include:

 

  • Contributed over $71,456 in in-kind work during a one-year period
  • Developed of the Lincoln County Mobile Food Pantry in 2011, feeding 1,088 households, 1,246 children, and 2,250 adults.
  • 560 youth and 75 volunteers participated in the “Maze of Life,” teaching decision-making skills and providing career and life guidance.
  • 360 youth completed the Light the Fire Youth Summits.
  • Sponsored the Walk in the Woods with 970 participants and 154 volunteers over five years.
  • Created and distributed 099 Freshman Toolkit boxes filled with valuable information for incoming freshmen and their parents.
  • Contributed over 4,466 health council hours spent on Family Stabilization during a one-year period.

 

For additional information, contact Aimee Bennett at (575) 258-3252, extension 6720.

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