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

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Network Engagement

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) believes all New Mexicans 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. Since 2012, HEP has supported communities with funding, training, coaching, and creative spaces to ensure residents are the drivers of just and healthy change. You can view key 2019 highlights here

This newsletter highlights how creativity flourished within the HEP network in 2019 and how this creativity is good for our health. We shine a spotlight on Global 505’s visual survey designed to collect information from immigrant and refugee families to better understand the barriers towards engagement within their children's schools as connected to well being. We also share two new Health Impact Assessment projects we are excited to support in 2020, led by Black Health New Mexico and the McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity, which will bring positive change. 

Interested in becoming more involved with HEP? Please consider joining our steering committee, attending a HEP or partner event in 2020, or donating to support our efforts here. Thank you for your continued investment in the health and wellness of New Mexico’s families, children and future generations.
Creativity and its Connection to Health and Wellbeing! 

Creativity has been a core value of HEP’s since our inception. If you’ve ever been to a HEP event, you know our love for art and fidget supplies, graphic stickers and visuals, and engaging activities. In 2019, the HEP network took its practice of creativity to the next level as partners intentionally shared creative tools across movements and in new spaces. HEP partners utilized creative methods (collage, short films, graphic harvesting, photo voice, tactical urbanism, collage, zine making and more!) to enrich community organizing, knowledge building, communications, and documentation. 

A few examples include:
  • The HEP team and Opportunity Santa Fe co-led a Data Collection via Art workshop. 
  • Together for Brothers with support from Mabel Gonzalez, developed a photo voice project focused on transit sovereignty.
  • Doña Ana Communities United painted murals in their community. 
  • HEP hosted a two-day intensive workshop, facilitated by the Visual Sisterhood where 24 individuals were trained in graphic harvesting. 
  • Andrea Stanley, Christian Gering, and Baruch Campos co-facilitated a zine making workshop for Native Youth on the Move.
  • McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity developed a graphic poster to capture community conversations with community members at the Strong Families Legislative roundtable in Gallup.  
  • Global 505 in partnership with local artist, Zahra Marwan created a visual survey in multiple languages. 
Within the HEP network, an ongoing practice of creativity has activated our senses, brought healing, and offered new ways of engaging with communities and families. We have built bridges across cultures and generations. Engaging in creativity has built confidence among partners and catalyzed entrepreneurial endeavors. Research shows that expressing creativity is connected to health, wellness, and healing. “…It can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood… It can also give us a stronger sense of agency -  the ability to solve problems by imagining possible solutions” (Gharib 2020). Listen to this podcast to learn more. 

We hope you’ll join us in 2020 as HEP continues to practice creativity and imagine new possibilities and solutions for a healthy and just future. 
Interested in becoming more involved with HEP?
Join the HEP Steering Committee!

HEP has an eight-member steering committee which provides strategic oversight to HEP. HEP has one open spot and is seeking one new steering committee member to serve from April 1, 2020 to February 28, 2022. HEP is committed to ensuring the steering committee is reflective of New Mexico’s communities, geographically, culturally, and that it is intergenerational. The steering committee should represent diverse perspectives, lived-experiences, sectors, and issue areas.  The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. To learn more, please view the application here

Policy & Advocacy

New Mexico Asian Family Center 

The New Mexico Asian Family Center (NMAFC) with Global 505 , thought through how to formally collect information needed from their immigrant and refugee families to better understand some of the barriers towards engagement within their children's schools.  Through the learnings of thier health impact assessment, they realized the richest sources of information came when they gave individuals an ability to process questions and provide answers in various formats - through dialogue, writing, and drawing. Because of this, they created a survey in partnership with local artist, Zahra Marwan. The survey has been translated into English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Farsi.  In 2020, Global 505 partners will distribute the survey to their families, community partners, and schools in order to collect and analyze the data to create policy change within the ABQ School District.  If you'd like to be apart of this process, please connect with New Mexico Asian Family Center today!

Capacity Building

HEP Awards $70,000 to Community Partners to conduct Health Impact Assessments on Issues
Important to Community Health

HEP believes 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 health and lives. We are excited to award $70,000 to two Health Impact Assessment (HIA) teams which center Black Women and Indigenous peoples, respectively to conduct community driven research to improve policies that impact community health in New Mexico. Grantee partners’ HIA projects include: 
  • Black Health New Mexico is committed to leading and growing an interdisciplinary response to address the high infant mortality and prematurity rates of African Americans in New Mexico, while creating greater health equity for moms. In collaboration with non-black medical providers and black childbearing persons, birth equity advocates and birth-workers, Black Health New Mexico will collect data to identify recommendations and language for improved health literacy. The HIA process and findings will inform policy decisions and the implementation of education/training that is led by black women and child-bearing persons in hospitals and clinics.
  • The McKinley Community Health Alliance will work closely with Indigenous families and community members to collect, analyze and summarize data; and develop policy recommendations in order to inform decision making processes on housing in Gallup. The HIA will examine the connection between a Housing First policy and household income/economic stability; childhood education; safety and broader health outcomes. The HIA will specifically examine inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples and Spanish speaking immigrants. 
Grantee partners will receive in person HIA training; a webinar series for peer learning; regular coaching calls; and $35,000 each.
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.
Philanthropy HUB Coordinator
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Posted January 15, 2020
Passionate about supporting the social sector in northern New Mexico? Full of creative ideas and energy? Join our dynamic Community Leadership & Impact team and oversee the day to day operations of the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Philanthropy HUB. This position designs, implements, and evaluates programs and services relevant to nonprofit staff board members, and volunteers, as well as educational opportunities for the community at large. We’d love to talk with you about this opportunity.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Job description (PDF)
To apply: Email current resume and cover letter to Jane Yates
Contract Coordinator Position

1.    Purpose
The purpose of the Economic Diversification Project (EDP) is to build a coalition to support economic development initiatives that reduce the state of New Mexico’s reliance on oil and natural gas production yet do not compromise the ability of the state to fund education and other vital services. This goal will require identifying alternative revenue sources to support the state budget. The economic development initiatives we support will enhance the economic security of families and increase racial equity by improving pay, benefits, and protections of low¬-wage workers. Improving their lives is a key to racial equity because these employees are predominantly people of color. This work will be done through a coalition of organizations committed to enhancing the opportunities for all families to thrive.
2.    Timing and Compensation
The project will last February 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. Contract amount is $50,000, plus gross receipts tax.
3.    Scope of Work 
The contractor will:
  • Provide leadership in strategic planning for coalition activities, including convening and facilitating regular meetings of the EDP Coalition;
  • Coordinate the meetings between coalition members and consultants contracted to provide information for the project;
  • Create and grow relationships between the coalition and targeted community partners, including institutions, community partners, and community-based organizations in the public and private sector;
  • Serve as a spokesperson, disseminate talking points to coalition partners, oversee material production in coordination with NM Voice staff
  • Compile and maintain the Coalition contact roster and listserv that includes all partners’ contact information;
  • Serve as the primary contact and convener for the Coalition for community partners and the public;
  • Provide periodic updates on activities to all partners;
  • Participate in media and advocacy efforts highlighting the activities of the project;
  • Pursue grant opportunities and coordinate proposal submissions;
  • Oversee centralized internal resource web system for a calendar of events, referrals, media materials, and on-line resources;
  • Provide grant compliance for grant(s);
  • Work with partner organizations as the evaluator to realize the measurable and realistic short- and long-term goals as well as benchmarks for the project;
  • Create reporting systems and evaluation tools to measure collective impact;
  • Ensure that data collection systems are integrated to provide data for local and national partners;
  • Develop and disseminate reports to funding organizations and Steering Committee members; and,
  • Provide NM Voices and EDP Coalition partners with monthly reports on deliverables and activities by reporting them on the Contractor’s invoices.
James Jimenez, Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
(505) 361-1289
Deconstructing Racism in New Mexico Day
Thursday February 13, 2020

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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