The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) firmly believes that every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, live in neighborhoods where children and families thrive, and have a say in the decisions that impact their communities and their lives. HEP is committed to investing in and creating spaces for racially diverse communities to shift power relations and advocate for policy and systems changes to create healthy and just communities. We condemn the violence, anti-Asian racism, misogyny, and hate crimes in Atlanta and around the world. We stand with the New Mexico Asian Family Center’s statement and uplift their wisdom which invites allies to support in the ways identified below. Based on NMAFC’s suggestion to support language access, we also encourage you to read Global 505’s report on the health impacts of language and cultural access on immigrants and refugees.
In this newsletter, we provide an update on HEP’s sustainability process. We celebrate the Santa Fe Indigenous Center for their recent photovoice project on, what does health mean to Indigenous people in Santa Fe? Additionally, we uplift the important work of Chainbreaker, whose research brief, on Health, Healing and Housing in Santa Fe was recently referenced in the New York Times. All these efforts are critical for creating healthy and just communities across New Mexico.
HEP Reflections & Harvesting of Insights to Co-create Possibilities for the Future
During the first few months of 2021, the HEP team hosted 20 conversations with partners and stakeholders to celebrate accomplishments, learn from the past, and inform the future. We look forward to virtually gathering with partners in April to share back the reflections, learnings, and ideas. We extend our gratitude to the graphic artists within the HEP network who are in process of visually harvesting and representing common themes. The graphic below was created by Anna Rondon with the New Mexico Social Justice & Equity Institute.
HEP would like to honor and celebrate the Santa Fe Indigenous Center and the 13 individuals (young people to elders) from the Native American community in Santa Fe who recently completed a photovoice project. The SFIC and HEP hosted a series of virtual trainings, facilitated by Mabel Gonzalez with Mavel Photography, to guide the group through the process. At the conclusion of the project, each individual shared their photos and narratives and answered the question: “What does health mean to me?”. Taslim van Hattum graphically recorded the event. Please take a moment to view the diverse responses to the question and ask yourself, what does health mean to you?
Graphic by Taslim van Hattum
Partner Capacity Building Opportunities and Events
Santa Fe Community Foundation - The HEP’s institutional home, the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF), is committed to supporting nonprofits in achieving their missions with excellence. The SFCF’s Philanthropy HUB has been designed as a learning and gathering place for the philanthropic sector. The HUB's programs strive to: 1) deepen philanthropic practice; 2) build nonprofit capacity; 3) provide support for professional advisers; and 4) provide platforms for learning about social issues in community. Upcoming trainings and presentations include:
If you are a HEP network member and you have an upcoming training, workshop, or other capacity building opportunity open to community members and organizations, please send information about it to David Gaussoin and the HEP team can include it an upcoming newsletter.