The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP) 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.
In this newsletter, we congratulate and celebrate the young men of color with Together for Brothers and community partners who organized for free bus passes in Albuquerque. We also announce a new funding opportunity via the Con Alma Health Foundation to decrease barriers to vaccine rollout in BIPOC communities and rural communities. We share key updates from the Healthy Masculinities Collaborative and the Community Empowerment series, which are spaces for communities to listen to each other stories, weave our movements together, and stand in solidarity for justice.
Please join us in celebrating Together for Brother’s by learning more about their work and supporting their efforts here.
Graphic by Anna Rondon
Con Alma awarded $2.5 million grant
to support vaccine rollout, community rebuild
Grant applications open today at conalma.org
(Santa Fe) – Con Alma Health Foundation is beginning work on its new $2.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will help ensure COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably across the state and support communities to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on vulnerable populations. Nonprofits can apply for a grant starting today at http://conalma.org/.
Grants will promote the equitable allocation, distribution, delivery and access to vaccines. Con Alma will prioritize applications that involve coordinating among various sectors and targeting underserved areas of New Mexico as well as identifying and alleviating gaps in vaccine roll-out efforts, and addressing barriers and/or vaccine hesitancy through coordinated messaging.
“This project builds on our COVID-19 relief efforts to support people who lack resources to live a healthy life,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director. “We will partner with the Health Department and other stakeholders to strengthen statewide public health and health equity efforts as communities recover and rebuild post pandemic.”
In addition to the grant awards to nonprofits, Con Alma will work with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to expand the capacity of existing networks to address service gaps, leverage resources, and create a COVID-19 recovery plan that focuses on long-term policies and system-change strategies to address health disparities and advance health equity.
Con Alma will accept grants for the vaccine roll-out/promotion from May 26 through June 15. It will open applications for the project’s second phase of grantmaking in November.
In 2020, Con Alma applied for and received two grants totaling $2 million (including matching funds) to provide basic living and health needs for people devastated by the pandemic. Both grants centered around advancing health equity and strengthening the state’s infrastructure and safety net so the state is better prepared for a public health crisis.
Congratulations to Together for Brothers
& all who organized for free bus passes!
After four years of organizing Together for Brothers (T4B) is proud to announce that starting July 1, 2021 all ABQ Ride buses and SunVan will be free for everyone! Organizing made this happen with young men of color and community partners at the center. Beginning in 2017, T4B conducted a Health Impact Assessment to analyze the health impacts of free bus passes on young people in Albuquerque in the International and Westgate districts and make policy recommendations. As part of the HIA, the young men developed and administered surveys in English, Dari, Persian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish to more than 300 individuals. They collected qualitative narratives via focus groups at videogame tournaments, pool parties and other community events. T4B used zines, photovoice, and videos to tell their stories and advocate for policy change. T4B presented their research results to city-level decision makers and organized with community partners for years so that free bus passes for all could be realized. Thank you to the young men of color for your vision, leadership, and organizing to create the conditions so families and children can be healthier.
Above graphic by Louie Gamon
Community Empowerment Series
with the Notah Begay III Foundation
HEP is thrilled to have collaborated with the Notah Begay III Foundation on the Community Empowerment series this spring. This included three gatherings with community partners, Notah Begay III Foundation, and HEP and one training conducted by Up2Us Sports. The gatherings were warm and engaging with music, good vibes, and meaningful dialogue. The March gathering focused on personal and organizational wellness. At the April gathering, participants remembered wisdom from their ancestors to communicate narratives to their respective audiences. In May, participants identified common values, strengths, resources and goals that weave through participants’ organizations to collectively support Indigenous youths’ health and wellness. Graphic artists witnessed and illustrated the gatherings. We invite you to remember how your ancestors communicated and consider bringing those practices into your community engagement.
Below graphics by Michel Wing, Gina Montoya, & Sean Clark
Counter Narratives of Healthy Masculinities
HEP is honored to be partnering with New Mexico Women.ORG, Tewa Women United, Together for Brothers, and the Transgender Resource Center as part of the Healthy Masculinities Collaborative. In April, HEP with other members of the collaborative attended the Healthy Masculinity Training Institute. During May, those of us who participated in the Institute, facilitated a teach back with the broader collaborative. We shared personal stories of gender stereotypes experienced and projected to better understand dominant narratives. We also watched StoryCorps: “My Father, the Gentle Giant”, which was shared at the training, to explore counter narratives of healthy masculinities. This StoryCorps is about a grandson asking questions of his father about his grandfather, a tribal leader for the Caddo Nation in Oklahoma. We invite you to watch the short video, notice the counter narratives of masculinities present in the story, and reflect on the counter narratives of masculinities in your own life.
StoryCorps: “My Father, the Gentle Giant”
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.