Social Connection, Solidarity, and Sharing of Resources
in a time of Physical Distance
Creating critical connections, sharing resources, and strengthening our web of trust is essential as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our respective communities and as a larger collective. While following the stay at home order and physical distancing protocols, the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership team and community partners are committed to ensuring social connection and solidarity through virtual engagement and other forms of communication during this precarious time. While we are working from home, please know that we are here to help facilitate connections and hold virtual spaces to reflect, support each other, and share resources. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
We are grateful for HEP’s core partners and the broader network’s responses to strengthen social connection and share resources while centering communities most impacted. If you can, please consider directly supporting these grassroots organizations. A few key highlights are below.
Doña Ana Communities United has launched the TimeBank Amigos program which pairs timebank members (and others!) to ensure people who are isolated and/or at risk stay connected. The pairs agree to be in virtual contact three times per week to support each other as they know that social connection is essential to human health. Additionally, DACU is using its existing census outreach project, which has recently moved to phone banking, as an opportunity to identify vulnerable residents and link them to services and companionship. Together with the governments of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, DACU is exploring how the timebank--both its members and the web platform that connects them--could link healthcare workers and members of the public at large with people who could provide social connection and other support. The timebank, which consists of 300+ members, is an alternative economic practice where people provide services to each other free of charge. DACU welcomes involvement from those outside their county in these efforts. Please contact Kari Bachman if you are interested in participating and check out their resource guide here!
McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity is responding to COVID-19 with love and resources for the community. MCHE is working with partners to understand the resources available, make sure infrastructure is in place, support a mutual aid network, and hone in on immediate and long-term actions to address the implications of this pandemic. MCHE recognizes that while everyone is affected by COVID-19, many community members in McKinley county have compromised lung capacity resulting from environmental degradation, such as uranium mining, coal, and fracking which requires a tailored response. MCHE partners are coming together as a community to strategize, offer hope, and reach out in a positive way.
San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity is working to create the communities their people deserve. They have pulled together local community organizers, grassroots groups, and other partners to develop a plan on how to provide food supplies to at-risk children and families in the most rural areas of the Navajo Nation. SJCHE is combining efforts with a larger Navajo-Hopi COVID Relief effort to share best practices, protocols, information and resources address the growing need in an ever changing landscape of growing COVID cases. A website for the relief effort will be launched shortly.
Earth Care, in partnership with community members, Red Nation, DSA-Santa Fe, and Fathers New Mexico, Earth Care's youth and parent leaders are coordinating a mutual aid network where those in need in Santa Fe are paired with those who can help. You can fill out the form here so they can best match offers with requests. They will also be organizing a phone-tree to check-in on each other weekly, arrange mutual aid as necessary, and communicate updates and further calls to action. You can financially support the mutual aid fund here.
Policy & Advocacy
COVID-19 Community Resources
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. We have long recognized the array of factors where we live, work, work, and play which influence our health. This is heightened during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, where folks experiencing housing instability, people who are food insecure, families who are undocumented, people living in remote areas, folks without access to Internet, people experiencing exposure to environmental contamination, and hourly workers and those without sick leave are experiencing exceptional challenges. Many organizations have been working diligently to put together resource lists tied to support communities on multiple levels. Below we link to sites for public health advisories and protocols regarding COVID-19; websites that list an array of resources regarding education, workers rights, childcare, emergency funding etc.; and COVID-19 response funds. For a more in-depth list, please visit view here.
During this challenging time, HEP partners would like to remind everyone of the importance of graphic harvesting. Over the years, graphic harvesting has activated our senses, brought healing, and offered new ways of engaging with communities and families. We have built bridges across cultures and generations. We got our introduction to graphic harvesting in 2016 when New Stories and Erica Bota graphically recorded the HEP statewide gathering. New Stories generously shared the graphic above, from their recent community call on COVID-19, for us to include in this newsletter. In November 2019, HEP partners participated in a two-day Graphic Harvesting Training facilitated by the by Anne and Jen with the Visual Sisterhood which fueled inspiration and creativity throughout NM. On March 6, Emily McClintock with Opportunity Santa Fe and Jessica Espinoza-Jensen of HEP co-facilitated a mini-training with Santa Fe Community Foundation staff and key partners to share what we learned. As we settle into this new existence, we reflect on the creativity, joy, and laughter shared at the March 6 training. We know the importance of continuing to lean on graphic harvesting as a tool to supplement our virtual engagement, as well as to process stress and anxiety during this time. Below you’ll find a few resources to get you started:
We invite you to consider utilizing graphic harvesting to educate about and document what is taking place, to personally process and reflect on what is happening, supplement virtual engagement in new ways, and to stimulate creativity to imagine new possibilities for a just future.
Photos from March 6, 2020 Mini Graphic Harvesting Training
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.
DATETBA - April/May, 2020TBA - May 2020 TBA - July 2020