Health Promotion is a critical part of Public Health infrastructure. Health Promotion is a set of strategies that are meant to address issues that influence health. Health Promotion works to develop leadership and other skills within communities so that communities can develop health priorities and goals. Health Promotion provides evidence based strategies to communities to address health issues, among many other things.
Epidemiology is at the core of Public Health and Health Promotion work, as it is the science that drives what we do.
Statewide, Health Promotion is currently working with health councils to help them in their health assessment and planning activities, including sharing evidenced-based interventions with them when they’re ready to implement projects and/or interventions.
Each region of our state has a separate team, health councils, and partners. Please click on a region below to view specific details about health promotion in that area.
- High Achieving Governmental Health Department in 2020 (General)
- Health in All Policies Guide (Guide)
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Health Equity
New Mexico is one of a handful of states with a Public Health Department which is centralized at the State level.
This system creates a need for local bodies to identify community health needs, establish community priorities and plan and implement local solutions. In our state, Health Councils perform those vital services.
New Mexico currently has 38 active County and Tribal Health Councils.
Connecting the Dots
One of the functions of each regional Health Promotion Team is connecting people to resources. The Team relies heavily on external resources for expertise, data, information, and support.
The American Public Health Association is an essential resource for all things public health.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), The Centers for Disease Control and Precention (CDC), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) also provide a wealth of information, including such varied topics as Public Health Advocacy, Health Literacy, and Health Equity.
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Their mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.
Health Promotion throughout the State is grounded by knowledgeable team members who bring thorough comprehension of health promotion concepts as well as in depth understanding of the communities which they serve. The team meets as a large group annually in order to compare strategies, share successes and learn from each other.
2014 Annual Meeting
At the most recent meeting a variety of topics were addressed.
- Alcohol Use Data by NM County 2008-2012
- Defining and Analyzing a Health Problem
- Define, Analyze & Prioritize Community Health Problems
- Collective Impact: A Framework for Large-Scale Social Change
- Health in All Policies Presentation
- Southwest Region Health Promotion Team
Epidemiology is at the core of Health Promotion work, as it is the science that drives what we do. We utilize a variety of resources to compile and evaluate data. The State of New Mexico’s Indicator-Based Information System (IBIS) is a primary source for data and information on New Mexico's priority public health issues.
Community Data Collaborative
The New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) maps contain aggregated data organized by sub-county areas such as census tract, zip code, school districts and other administrative boundaries.
In addition, the user will find site specific information for public schools, licensed facilities and other public services.
The Community Guide is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.