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. While we are optimistic about the possibilities for a just future, thanks to the organizing of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in New Mexico and across this country, we recognize communities continue to face unprecedented public health, economic, and housing crises. In this newsletter we share two reports tied to housing in New Mexico. We invite you to invest in and follow the lead and recommendations of local community organizers like those affiliated with Chainbreaker Collective. You can view their research brief below. In this newsletter, we also share a link to a recording of the recent photovoice workshop, led by Mabel Gonzalez in collaboration with HEP and the Santa Fe Community HUB, as a creative methodology for communities to tell their own narratives to create positive change. We look forward to working with partners in 2021 to support efforts to create a just, healthy, and equitable world.
Policy & Advocacy
Evictions in the COVID-19 Era: A threat to family and community health in Santa Fe
Chainbreaker Collective in partnership with Human Impact Partners is developing three research briefs to examine the health impacts of the looming eviction crisis amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The first brief in the series describes the housing insecurity crisis before COVID-19, and the heightened risks Santa Fe renters now face.
HEP is honored to be part of this collaborate effort with Chainbreaker Collective, UNM School of Law, The City of Santa, and Human Impact Partners (HIP).
Please watch the report release event above
from the Chainbreaker’s Facebook page
Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition Releases Roadmap to Fund Santa Fe Affordable Housing Trust Fund
The Santa Fe Action Coalition just released its new report – “Fund the Trust Fund” that outlines the City’s path to creating robust and sustainable funding sources for the Santa Fe’s innovative Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) to address short-, mid-, and long-term housing needs. Please view the report here. The Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition addresses housing accessibility and affordability in Santa Fe and has honed in on the need for additional local funding as an intervention to address affordability and housing challenges in Santa Fe. HEP staff member, David Gaussoin, serves on the SFHAC advisory committee and outreach committee.
Sharing Narratives via Photovoice
In December, HEP was honored to collaborate with the Santa Fe Community Foundation Hub to co-facilitate a session with Mabel Gonzalez on utilizing photovoice to center community voices as part of grant writing and reporting. Using photovoice is a way to uplift the voices of community and transform applications and reports into tools for community to tell their own stories. If you were not able to participate in the session and would like to learn more, please view the recording. In 2021, HEP looks forward to continuing to partner with Mabel Gonzalez to work with communities to tell their own narratives utilizing photos and to advocate and set forth solutions important to their wellbeing.
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.