New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Assessment and Planning Program

Racial and Ethnic Health Equity in New Mexico


The New Mexico Health Equity Report was created to monitor the state’s progress towards eliminating the health status gap between different population groups and to create a more cohesive approach to identifying and addressing health disparities.

American Indian Health Equity


Since 2008, the Department has also published a special edition of the report that focuses on American Indian Health in the hope that public and private partners will join us in identifying the factors that contribute to the disproportionate burden of disease experienced by American Indians in New Mexico. The report also helps us identify successful strategies to reduce this burden.

Planning for Leadership in Health Care Reform

The OPA strives to position the Department to influence the evolving health care system through the use of expertise in healthy system assessment, policy development, community mobilization, effective data use and the forging of effective partnerships. This is an unprecedented period of change and opportunity for the Department of Health.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires public health to transcend traditional roles to adapt to an evolving health care system. As the health care system moves to integrated approaches to prevention, primary care, and overall health, public health leaders can provide leadership in mobilizing communities and facilitating productive partnerships to strategize new approaches.

The OPA works to mobilize support for the sharing of health information, help partners understand and communicate the contextual and analytical meaning of data, and build competency in the broader health system workforce for the optimal use of health information.