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as 2020 comes to and end!


New Mexico Health Equity Partnership News

Generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Santa Fe Community Foundation - Click these links to "jump" to sections below:

Network Engagement

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. As 2020 comes to a close, we extend gratitude to HEP partners who have led the way to work towards racial justice, health equity, and healing during extremely challenging times. Below are some of the ways the HEP network has done this over the past year. All of this has been done in collaboration with amazing partners, grounded in our relationships with one another, and rooted in a vision for a healthy and just world. 

Your generous support, coupled with the strong relationships of the HEP network, and partners’ creativity and fortitude enables HEP to advance health equity. We kindly ask that you consider donating to Doña Ana Communities United, McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity, and San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity or one of the many partners noted below.

Policy & Advocacy

HEP celebrates partners’ community driven
research efforts to inform policy
AT THE HEART: Gender Justice
and the Philanthropic Response to COVID-19

On behalf of New Mexico Women.ORG, Santa Fe Community Foundation – HUB, and the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership we like to thank you for joining us AT THE HEART: Gender Justice and the Philanthropic Response to COVID-19. We extend gratitude to Indigenous Lifeways, Southwest Organizing Project, Women’s Intercultural Center, and New Mexico Women.ORG for leading such a courageous conversation. We hope the discussion helps to heal our communities by allowing our broken hearts to inform our work. Uplifting the stories of our grandmothers, mothers and daughters to center our work in community is essential to COVID-19 recovery. Coming together to listen, share, feel and heal is at the core of how we must move forward together for gender justice and racial justice. 

Submitted by- Yolanda Cruz – HUB Coordinator & HEP Steering Committee Member
a recording of the panel
Robert Kennedy Acknowledges Indigenous Lifeways
for their Mutual Aid Efforts

The McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity as part of the McKinley Mutual Aid ( is very fortunate to have support from Bobby Kennedy III. They had sent him a video of his grandfather JFK speaking on Navajo lands, Window Rock Arizona March 1968. Bobby is continuing the legacy of fighting for justice and helping lift up Indigenous voices just as his grandfather did.  We are grateful to Judy Clancy, our dear sister for the introductions. We look forward to cultivating this relationship and fortifying long-term strategies with the Dineh (Navajo) people’s need for shelter, water, food, and clean renewable energy.  

Submitted by- Anna Rondon, NMSJEI Program Director
Please view the video of Bobby F. Kennedy III and visit Indigenous Lifeways

Capacity Building

HEP celebrates critical connections made
throughout the year via convening, collaborative efforts,
and communications platforms
HEP celebrates partnerships to distribute resources to communities to advance health equity and respond to urgent needs tied to the pandemic
Con Alma Health Foundation names
Leroy “Buster” Silva, 2020 Hero of Health

This has been an exceptional year, not only for its challenges but also for the individuals who became heroes during a time of critical need because of COVID-19. The Con Alma Health Foundation thanks our 2020 hero of health recipient and nominees and all of the heroes among us in our business, governmental, and nonprofit sectors. You remind us what’s possible when we put caring into action. 

Con Alma Health Foundation is proud to announce that this year’s hero of health is Leroy “Buster” Silva, Pueblo of Laguna, community coordinator at Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation in Santa Ana Pueblo. 

Silva’s philosophy is that everyone has an obligation to protect and nurture the wellbeing of communities. “As a team member at the Notah Begay III Foundation, I have been able to use my experience to rally community partners around one common goal — to create more opportunities for Native American youth via physical activity, healthy nutrition, youth development, and cultural connections — so that they can live happy and fulfilled lives. Da’wa’eh to all to my family, friends, and mentors: When I shine, You shine.”

For more information on Con Alma Health Foundation’s 2020 Hero of Health and nominees, visit:
Submitted by- Dennis McCutcheon, Con Alma Health Foundation 
view video here
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.


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