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. In this newsletter, we provide an update on HEP’s sustainability process. We uplift the work of Doña Ana Communities United and Health Impact Assessment teams. We lift up Chainbreakers' new research brief on evictions in Santa Fe. Additionally, we share highlights from the first gathering of the Empowerment Series; a partnership with the Notah Begay III Foundation. We invite you to visit the HEP website and read our newly released progress report and evaluation to learn the HEP network’s impact, and lessons learned over the past year.
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. In April, we came together in a lively virtual setting to strengthen relationships and share back the reflections, learnings, and ideas. You can access the 2021 Sustainability Harvesting of Insights Summary report here. We extend deep gratitude to partners for their contributions to make the gathering a success. Special thanks to the graphic artists (Anna Rondon, Baruch Campos, Emily McClintock, Louie Gamon, and Taslim van Hattum) who visually represented themes from the reflection sessions. Collectively, HEP partners strive to utilize culturally appropriate and visual methods that engage diverse people with varied learning styles and ways of knowing in storytelling. HEP partners are committed committed to reflection, creative ways of learning, and liberating frameworks to make space to Indigenize the journey. Gina Montoya made the graphic below based on the dialogue at the virtual gathering. The graphic illustrates the HEP network’s superpowers, what brings partners joy, and what is most alive as HEP deepen roots for the future.
Graphic by Gina Montoya
Policy & Advocacy
Partners Utilize Health Impact Assessments to Uplift Community Narratives and Catalyze Change
HEP has provided funding and training for a total of 19 HIAs in New Mexico in ten counties since 2013, as well as additional follow up efforts. HIAs, in NM, have focused on cultural and language access, bus passes for youth, uranium mining, fracking, housing, parks and trails, and reintegration instead of incarceration, to name a few. We’d like to give a shout out to all community partners who have completed an HIA. We share a few key successes below shared by teams during our recent partner reflection sessions.
Graphic by Baruch Campos, Together for Brothers
HIA teams are proud of completing HIAs which have led to policy wins and systemic change that impact BIPOC communities, youth, immigrants, and refugees. HIAs have rippled through organizations and agencies to inform vision, strategies, and approach to work. Due to community ownership and leadership, HIAs done years ago still live on and are used in organizing efforts. Teams are also proud of the shifts in relations of power and narrative change tied to their community organizing. While there are many HIA policy impacts to be proud of, we uplift a few below.
HIA teams are also proud of the young people, families, and communities who have been at the center of their HIAs and told their stories. Relationships, unity, and solidarity were frequently named with significance by teams. Teams highlighted the importance of coming together around a common goal, relationships carrying on at a deep level over the years, as well as unity amongst immigrants and refugees and Black and Indigenous solidarity. If you are interested in learning more about HIA, please visit the HEP website. Also, please keep an eye out for the Indigenous HIA toolkit, which will be released soon!
Chainbreaker Releases Second Research Brief on the Successes and Limitations of Moratoria to Keep People Housed and Healthy in Santa Fe
As we surpass one year of the pandemic, Santa Feans are struggling to stay housed. This leaves families vulnerable to homelessness and the health consequences that follow. In a series of research briefs, Chainbreaker Collective examines the scale and public health impacts of the COVID-19 era eviction crisis on renter households in Santa Fe and offers recommendations to keep Santa Feans housed and healthy through the pandemic and beyond. You can read the research briefs at the links below and view the webinar on Facebook Live (see below).
On March 25, 2021, Notah Begay III Foundation staff, Health Equity Partnership staff, and community partners from across the country came together in a fun and lively virtual gathering with music, good vibes, smiles, and full hearts. The purpose was for participants to share and learn: 1) how their personal and organizational wellness can enhance their effectiveness, internally and in the community; 2) how the Indigenous Health Model can be an effective tool; and 3) what organizational wellness means to other organizations/communities. The graphic above, created by Taslim van Hattum, illustrates participants’ time together and offers tips for personal and organizational wellness. We invite you to personally reflect on and explore the following questions with your teams and organizations.
What does wellness mean to you?
How are you caring for yourself during the pandemic?
How is your organization investing in your wellness?
How does your organization celebrate your wins?
Graphic & video by Taslim van Hattum
United Fridays with Doña Ana Communities United
What do you do when your work relies on people making connections, and a pandemic hits? Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) landed on a creative solution. In April 2020, we began holding United Fridays. Each week features a different community member sharing their skill or passion via Zoom. It has been an amazing way for our timebank members to learn from each other, as well as gain skill and confidence leading workshops. DACU staff help the presenters plan informal and interactive sessions while assisting with facilitation. In over 40 sessions, we've learned about everything from trail running, origami, and survival skills to rodeoing, cooking, and living wills. We welcome you to join us each Friday from 2 to 3 PM at https://rgcdc-org.zoom.us/j/2522549187. You're also invited to join our timebank, a friendly alternative to the transactional capitalist system, where people exchange free services and all time is worth the same. Our next orientation will be held May 12 from 5:30 to 7 PM via the same Zoom link. Curious? We'd love to visit with you. Please contact Kari at 575-496-4330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
submitted by - Kari Bachman, Director, Doña Ana Communities United
Photos by Andrew Bencomo
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.