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New Mexico Health Equity Partnership News

Generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Santa Fe Community Foundation

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Network Engagement

HEP is turning 5!!!! 
Since 2012, the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation has solidified a statewide network of over 75 grassroots organizations and community members to ensure every New Mexican has the opportunity to lead a healthy life, live in neighborhoods where our children and families can thrive, and have a say in the decisions that impact their communities and their lives. HEP plays a critical role in connecting people, community groups and decision makers. We invest in communities most directly impacted by health inequities and help elevate the community’s voice so residents can be the drivers of change. 

On November 5, 2017, HEP will be turning 5! Through the end of the year, HEP will be celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our team and partners by sharing stories of our impact via social media and our newsletter. In this newsletter, we celebrate the accomplishments of the San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity and its evolving Dine’-centered research and evaluation methodology. We also celebrate the emergence of HEP’s action-oriented small group gathering series. We highlight previous gathering outcomes and announce new opportunities to work with community partners in six counties to host gatherings designed to deepen authentic relationships to advance racial equity and improve community health. We invite you to join us in celebrating HEP’s 5th anniversary and the incredible accomplishments of the HEP team and our community partners by participating in #GivingTuesdayNM
Join Us in Participating in Giving Tuesday 
To celebrate our 5th anniversary, HEP will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNM on November 28 where New Mexicans will take collective action to make a difference in our communities.

The HEP team and steering committee invite our core partners, network members, and allies to contribute $5.00 and identify 5 people to give $5.00. You can donate here. The funds raised will support the HEP network's social justice efforts.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating HEP’s 5th anniversary and participating in #GivingTuesdayNM.

Policy & Advocacy

Evolving Dine’-Centered Research and Evaluation (DCR&E) Methodology

The San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity (SJCHE), a core partner of HEP’s, has established a core team to develop the DCR&E Model, with team leader, our late wisdom keeper, colleague and relative, Dr. Larry Emerson of Tse da kaan, New Mexico. The work of the DCR&E a social justice tool, is dedicated to Dr. Emerson legacy. The model builds upon a Dine’/Navajo epistemology foundation. As part of HEP’s 5th birthday, we honor Dr. Emerson’s legacy and this tool. 

In 2017, the SJCHE completed a series of presentations to address racial equity and health issues impacting the Navajo community. The SJCHE presented on the Indigenous Research Lens and Hozhogo Na ada Research and Assessment Model to: 
  • The City of Farmington’s Mayor, Mr. Tommy Roberts and local service providers (presented by Dr. Emerson and credited to Dr. Herbert Benally) in March 2017;
  • Frontline service providers in September 2017; and
  • The City of Farmington Community Relations Commission in September 2017. 
SJCHE is working towards a one-day event with Behavioral Health Providers, eventually with a training and community engagement process, evolving into the Dine’-Centered Research and Evaluation Model. You can read more about this important effort here

Submitted by Hazel James, San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity

Capacity Building

The Emergence of HEP’s Action-Oriented Small Group Gatherings 

Over the past 5 years, HEP has worked to create critical connections and linkages among community partners and members from across the state via 46 statewide, regional, and small group gatherings. HEP started with statewide and regional gatherings specifically tailored for place-based teams, health councils, and Health Impact Assessment (HIA) teams. Overtime these gatherings evolved based on the strengths, needs, and feedback of the HEP network. The HEP team heard the critical need for diverse groups to convene together rather than in silos. Further, partners expressed wanting more frequent opportunities for building authentic relationships and trust and deepening peer learning in-between the larger gatherings. The HEP team understands that having spaces for cultivating transformational relationships are a necessary precursor to long-term community organizing and policy change. In response to this feedback, the action-oriented small group gatherings emerged. In the summer of 2015, HEP piloted several small group gatherings in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, and Silver City. 
In 2016, we formally incorporated the small group gatherings into HEP’s action plan to advance racial equity and improve community health.

2016 Small Group Gathering Successes

In 2016, HEP created spaces, platforms, and processes for relationship building, leadership development, advocacy and mobilization. This included 11 action-oriented small group gatherings totaling 133 participants representing refugees, immigrants, indigenous mamas, educators, service providers, and youth. Co-hosts of the gatherings included: Global 505 an initiative of the New Mexico Asian Family Center, New Mexico Breast Feeding Task Force, Somos Unidos para Los Ninos (SUN) Project, Strong Families- New Mexico, Tewa Women United, and the Care Coalition. What emerged was: 
  • Strengthened trust, connections, and transformational relationships (i.e. intergenerational, across refugee and immigrant communities, across various parts of the state) and linkages to people and resources. 
  • Increased understanding of the political process, a desire to learn more, and improved confidence on speaking up about issues, writing a letter to the editor, participating in a radio or TV interview.  
  • Improved skills in utilizing art to inform policy and art that could be used for advocacy.  
  • Draft public service announcements for the New Mexico Breast Feeding Task Force to educate the public about issues for breastfeeding moms who are firefighters, police officers, garbage collectors. 
  • A SUN action plan for the next two years to transform public education by creating a public education framework that is responsive to diverse learners.  
  • A Global 505 outline for future work, which included a proposed HIA topic to mobilize refugee and immigrant communities around a specific goal. This HIA, in partnership with HEP, began in early 2017 and is currently in progress.   
HEP learned that the small group gatherings serve many purposes. At times, they may serve as an entry point for a group to enter the HEP network and catalyze a new effort by cultivating new authentic relationships. Whereas for other communities, small group gatherings may be a way to advance long-term social justice work and move it to the next phase. 
“I don’t think there is anyone else in New Mexico creating the space at the state level to address the intersecting root causes of inequity.” 2016 HEP gathering participant. 

Announcement of 2017/2018 Small Group Gathering Partners and Topics

The HEP team is excited to announce that we will be partnering with diverse community partners to support and host action-oriented small group gatherings in 2017/2018 in Bernalillo, Hidalgo, Rio Arriba, Sierra, Santa Fe, and Taos counties. These gatherings are designed to cultivate transformational relationships to advance racial equity and improve community health. The gathering topics are aligned with HEP’s policy strategies developed by our network in 2016. Gathering partners and topics of focus include:
  • Chainbreaker Collective: Engage community members in a series of house parties to grow membership, learn about Chainbreakers’ Health Impact Assessment  Equitable Development and Risk of Displacement in Santa Fe, and increase political literacy around health equity issues in Santa Fe.
  • Sierra County Health Council: Convene a series of meetings to bring residents together to share stories, address a top health priority, and create an action plan. 
  • Southwest Center for Health Innovation: Provide a non-judgmental, supportive and welcoming forum in Hidalgo County to talk about community circumstances and develop solutions based on the resiliency of the community.
  • Taos Reading to End Racism: Deepen connections among adult community members to engage in the meaningful practice of decolonizing their minds and work with decision makers around decolonization. 
  • Tewa Women United: Bring together healers, seedkeepers, birthworkers, artists, and organizers to create dialogue about the role of Healing Justice in their movements and communities.
  • Together for Brothers (T4B): Collaborate, connect, build capacity, and promote creativity of young men of color as leaders through a community summit.
We encourage others to invest in spaces where community partners and members can cultivate transformational relationships, focus on self-care and healing, and take the intentional space and time to advance their social justice efforts to the next level. 
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.


November 16-19, 2017
December 8, 2017
December 2017
Youth CORE 2017
National Convening
14th Annual Health Policy Legislative Forum
NMHEP Core Partners Meeting
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