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Capacity Building

Graphic by Erica Bota

Funding Opportunity - Community Driven Research Projects 
to Advance Health Equity 

As a result of HEP’s harvesting of insights process in 2021 to develop a new business model, NMHEP is committed to partnering with organizations to support smaller community-driven research efforts to advance health equity. These efforts will be an opportunity to go deeper into utilizing creative tools such as mini reports, photovoice, graphic harvesting, time lapse videos, and other creative storytelling methods for communities to tell their narratives and utilize creative tactics to organize for policy change. The projects may serve as seed for future Health Impact Assessments, be a follow up to a recently completed Health Impact Assessment or be a standalone project. 

On a rolling basis, between July 2022 and December 2022 (or when the funds run out), HEP will select two organizations to receive up to $10,000 to conduct a small community driven research project to advance health equity. Technical support may be provided upon request. The applications funded must have a strong racial justice lens. Please view application here. For more information or questions, please email David Gaussoin.


Luján Joins President Biden at White House
to Sign Two-Year RECA Extension

For Immediate Release
Date: June 7, 2022
Contact: Adán Serna, 202-695-5318, 
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined President Joe Biden at the White House to sign a two-year extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Without the extension, which cleared both chambers of Congress in May, the RECA program was scheduled to sunset in July. 
ICYMI – Luján in CNN Opinion: Families suffered from America's nuclear testing. They still need help.
For over a decade, Senator Luján has championed efforts to strengthen and expand RECA to cover New Mexico Downwinders. As a member of the House, Luján introduced the legislation in each session of Congress since first elected in 2008. Luján also secured a Congressional apology in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Acts of Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. Last year, Luján introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen RECA alongside U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and members of the New Mexico delegation. 
“I was honored to join President Biden at the White House to sign a two-year extension of the RECA program. Since being sworn in as Senator, it has been a top priority to ensure that this critical program does not expire. With the President’s signature, we avoided that injustice,” said Luján. “But this fight is not over. The federal government must do right by all Americans whose lives were impacted by radiation exposure in the national defense effort, and I will continue working to expand this program to include all affected downwinders and post-1971 uranium mine workers. A strengthened RECA program would deliver long-overdue justice for families in New Mexico and across the nation who know the pain and sorrow caused by radiation exposure.”

(The act does not, however, cover those who lived downwind of the Trinity Test Site in New Mexico. And despite decades of health fallout, their descendants wouldn’t have gotten the chance to access the fund if RECA had been allowed to sunset.)

For more information about the Tularosa Basin Downwinders work please contact-
Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium
Phone 505-897-6787 / Fax 505-890-0157 /

Collaborative Funding

Robert Woods Johnson Funding Opportunity
NMHEP is seeking partners who are interested in collaborating on a Health Impact Assessment or community-based research project around closing the racial wealth gap to co-apply with HEP for a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.  Please note, HEP has not secured funding for this opportunity, we are looking for partners to co-envision and co-apply for a grant.  

More information on the grant opportunity can be found here.  Please email Alexandra if you’d like to discuss this possibility! 

More generally, if your community has a seed of an idea for a research project, and are looking for some support envisioning, planning, and eventually executing this project, HEP is always delighted to partner with you!  Feel free to reach out to Alexandra any time!


Healthy Masculinities in New Mexico 
“We are human beings, and that positive social interaction, that recognition, of seeing us fully for who we are, how we name ourselves, how we identify, all of those things… when that is really recognized we just see individuals boom.” -Dr. Corinne Sanchez 

Learn more about what Healthy Masculinities means here in New Mexico with this powerful interview with some of our colleagues in the Healthy Masculinities Collaborative. Collaborative members Dr. Corinne Sanchez, Executive Director, Tewa Women United; Carli Romero, Program Manager, NewMexicoWomen.Org; Christopher Ramirez, Executive Director, Together for Brothers; and Luis Colunga, Together for Brothers were interviewed for the PBS show “Our Land.” 

The New Mexico Healthy Masculinities Collaborative is a multi-gendered and inter-generational group of organizations and individuals from diverse racial and geographic communities across New Mexico.  Learn more about the Collaborative and download the Healthy Masculinities Toolkit at   
New Mexico Healthy Masculinities Collaborative Interview


NMHEP Partnership Opportunities and Events 
  • Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Review of Federal Policies that Contribute to Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities for public sessions on:
    •    August 1, 12-3pm
    •    August 3, 11-2:30pm
    The committee has been appointed to conduct an analysis of federal policies (e.g., social, economic, environmental) that contribute to preventable and unfair differences in health status and outcomes experienced by all U.S. racial and ethnic minority populations. The committee will write a report with conclusions and recommendations that identify the most effective or promising approaches to policy change with the goal of furthering racial and ethnic health equity.
    For more information and to view the session agenda, visit our event page
  • Preparing for Your Nonprofit’s Annual Independent Audit- The annual independent audit is a significant investment of your time and resources. The independent auditor’s report is a key source of assurance to your leadership, Board, regulators, and donors. This workshop will offer practical insights and tools for an optimal audit experience. We’ll focus on understanding the audit’s purpose, gathering the records you will need, managing the audit process, understanding the role of the Board, clarifying the audit report, resolving audit findings, and evaluating the audit firm. Thu, August 11, 2022 10:00 AM
  • July 31, 2022 – July 31, 2022, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Want to turn food and yard scraps into *black gold*? Come learn about composting and help your plants flourish!
    Our Environmental Health & Justice Program presents this free Composting 101 workshop with Miguel Santistevan, of Sol Feliz Farm and executive director of Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education (AIRE).
    This is a hybrid workshop taking place online via Zoom, with a limited number of in-person spaces at our office, 912 Fairview Lane, Española, NM
If you are a NMHEP 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 NMHEP team can include it an upcoming newsletter.
New Mexico Social Justice & Equity Institute has moved the World Cafe Event, to a VIRTUAL Event. 
Please reach out to them for future events.
The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) is a statewide network, which strengthens the capacity of communities to shift power relations and advocate for policy and systems changes to create healthy and just communities. For more information, please visit
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