The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, (HEP) believes every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, live in neighborhoods where our children and families thrive, and have a say in the decisions that impact their communities and their lives. In this newsletter we uplift the work San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity and the McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity are doing to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous communities. We are also excited to share Chainbreaker Collective’s report, Health, Healing, and Housing in Santa Fe. Recognizing the importance of communities telling their own narratives and shaping their own futures, we continue to highlight how the HEP network is utilizing graphic harvesting to inspire folks to organize and make change
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Ensuring the Land and People Thrive
The San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity is involved in COVID-19 relief efforts on the Navajo Nation. They have been providing food and supplies to elders, children, and families with high-risk individuals in their household. As a longer-term strategy, SJCHE realizes that in addition to food distribution, going back to more traditional relationship with the land will help the Diné people get through the pandemic. SJCHE highlights the importance of seeds and gardens as way of reverting back to planting squash, corn, and melon. By improving the connection to the land and food access, this will help to alleviate health inequities that persist in Diné communities due to infrastructural inequities and historical traumas. This will also help to ensure that the people and the land continue to exist and thrive. San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity is a core partner of NMHEP.
Submitted by Hazel James, San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity Coordinator
Policy & Advocacy
Health, Healing, and Housing in Santa Fe
We are excited to announce the release of Chainbreaker Collective’s report, Health, Healing, and Housing in Santa Fe. The report is a research brief on community land trusts, midtown, and a vision for post pandemic development. The report is a collaboration between Chainbreaker Collective, Human Impact Partners, and the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership.
To learn more about housing and the looming eviction crises, please also listen to Community Matters on KSFR-FM’s ‘Wake Up Call’ where host, Yolanda Cruz is joined by Earth Care & special guest Chainbreaker to discuss the looming eviction crisis.
Fighting for Social-Ecological Justice
In 2015, the McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity, a project of the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, released a report, titled, Looking Within a Health Impact Assessment of Uranium Mining. The report focused on the following impacts tied to uranium mining on the health of Indigenous peoples and the environment:
Displacement and relocation
Cultural relevance of the land to holistic health
As MCHE utilizes the HIA to educate decision makers and implement policy recommendations, they have strategically been planning alongside Representative Deb Halaand’s efforts to clean up mining sites, compensate workers, and rectify the wrong that has been done to Indigenous communities.
The 2020 Nuclear Free Future Foundation and an international jury of activists and scientists, recently awarded Representative Deb Halaand an honorary award for Special Recognition. We extend gratitude to Representative Deb Halaand for her leadership. To learn more, please view this video (below) where she receives the award and check out the launch of the first uranium atlas.
Submitted by Anna Rondon, NMSJEI Director and MCHE Coordinator
We can all Draw to Tell and Record our Stories
Graphic note-taking is a great way to tell stories, map ideas, solve problems, and share ideas. Visuals can also capture hardship with beauty using a strength-based approach. On August 26, HEP partners (Louie, Anna, and Emily) with Doña Ana Communities United, NM Social Justice & Equity Institute/McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity, and Opportunity Santa Fe shared their journeys into graphic recording with Native Youth on the Move. Anna explained that graphic harvesting are very ancient ways of communicating and recording; artwork on rocks is similar to graphic note-taking. Taslim van Hattum provided a mini lesson on graphic note-taking providing an opportunity for everyone to practice drawing. The lesson was a great reminder that that we can all draw to tell and record our stories and reclaim narratives. In closing, Louie, Emily, and Taslim took notes of the NYM discussion to record their journey and celebrate their commitment to native youth and important work over the years. Talsim’s graphic is presented above; with Emily’s and Louie’s below.
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.