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Northeast Health Promotion

Please see the main Health Promotion page for more information.


Health Councils

Health Promotion in the Northeast Region supports 12 Health Councils: 2 Tribal Health Councils and 10 County Health Councils. The Northeast Region Health Councils have developed health priorities, listed below, which they will address as they move forward.

Colfax County

  • Access to health care including mental health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Obesity/Diabetes
  • Child Abuse/Neglect

Guadalupe County

  • Substance Abuse Prevention for Adolescents and Adults
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Youth Development

Harding County

  • Access to Care
  • Transportation for the Elderly
  • Veterans Services

Los Alamos County

  • Older Adults
  • People in crisis and Financial Need
  • Youth and Families at Risk

Mora County

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Underage Drinking

Rio Arriba County

  • Behavioral Health
  • ER Diversion
  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Housing
  • Jail Services
  • OD Death Reduction
  • Older Adults
  • Youth at Risk
  • Young Children

San Miguel County

  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Access to Care
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Substance Abuse

Santa Fe County

  • Increase Enrollment of Residents in Health Insurance
  • Reduce Alcohol Abuse
  • Reduce Drug Abuse
  • Reduce Low Birth Weight
  • Reduce Suicides
  • Increase Consumption of Healthy Food

Taos County

  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Access/Affordability
  • Mental Health/Suicide
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Physicians
  • Maternal and Infant Measures Priority Populations

Santa Clara Pueblo Health Committee

  • Accessible Health Care
  • Maintaining Traditional Food & Agriculture Systems
  • Sustaining the Community’s Cultural Traditions

San Ildefonso Pueblo Health Alliance

  • Obesity Prevention
  • Comprehensive Community Health Services
  • Reduce Alcohol, Tobacco, & Substance Abuse
  • Collaborate with State and Federal Agencies
  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Team

The success of Health Promotion in the Northeast Region is dependent on a strong NMDOH team, and a network of reliable, knowledgeable partners.

  • Amy Sandoval, Health Promotion Program Manager for the Northeast Region, is based in the Regional Headquarters located in the Santa Fe Public Health Office. Amy manages the operational and systemic functions of the Northeast Region Health Promotion Program.
  • Kelly Gallagher, Community Epidemiologist for the Northeast Region, is based in the Regional Headquarters located in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office. Kelly plays a vital role by providing and interpreting the data which is the basis for Health Promotion work.
  • Nichole Romero, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the Colfax County Public Health Office. Nichole provides support to Health Councils and Local Health Offices in Colfax, Harding and Union Counties.
  • Desiree Valdez, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the Santa Fe Public Health Office. Desiree provides support to the Health Council and Local Health Office in Santa Fe County. Desiree also provides support to San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo Health Council, and Northern Rio Arriba Community Based Services.
  • Naomi Brodkey, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office. Naomi provides support to Health Councils and Local Health Offices in the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Taos.
  • Rachel Wexler, Health Promotion Coordinator, is based in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office. Rachel provides support to the Health Promotion Specialists, community partners and stakeholders invested in community health, as well as regional support to public health programs within the northeast region.
  • Christa Hernandez, Health Promotion Coordinator, is based in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office. Christa provides support to the Health Promotion Specialists, Northeast Region Tribal and County Health Councils, as well as regional support to public health programs within the northeast region.
  • Valentina White, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the San Miguel Public Health Office. Valentina provides support to Health Councils and Local Health Offices in the counties of San Miguel, Guadalupe, and Mora.

Partners

The Health Promotion Team in the Northeast Region is fortunate to have many strong effective partners in our communities.

La Familia Medical Center is dedicated to providing excellent, affordable, comprehensive medical, dental and health promotion services to everyone in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The La Familia Medical Center Research Program is implementing multiple strategies in Santa Fe County in support of healthy lifestyles.

Farmers Markets throughout the region including the Santa Fe Farmers Market, Española Farmers Market, Taos Farmers Market and Las Vegas Farmers Market, promote access to local healthy food, and provide a venue for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants to purchase healthy food.

The Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) works with local and regional partners to develop the Santa Fe Transportation Master Plan for traditional and alternative modes of transportation, including the Santa Fe Pedestrian Master Plan and the Santa Fe Bicycle Master Plan.

The Health Promotion Team works closely with the Healthy Kids New Mexico team to promote healthy lifestyle choices from an early age.


Spring Regional Health Council Gathering

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On May 2nd, the Northeast Region Health Promotion Team, the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils, and the New Mexico School for the Deaf hosted a Northeast Regional Health Council Gathering (Spring 2017) for the health councils and community members in the Northeast Region of the state.

The theme for the day was collaboration among counties, networking, and finding common ground in our work with community health. The Health Promotion Team led the group in activities, providing opportunities for connecting and strategizing about health priorities.

During a mixer activity, where the group had quick one-on-one conversations with each other, the participants were surprised by how much their communities had in common and the intergenerational and intercultural elements they all share, as well as the fact they are all navigating the lack of resources to work on their concerns.

Another activity gave the group an opportunity to discuss and identify strategies to address the top health priorities they all have in common: access to healthcare, behavioral health, nutrition and physical activity, and youth engagement. They broke into smaller groups, documented their ideas on posters, and then reported back to the larger group.

At the end of the day, the attendees said they felt inspired by the amount of passion and the commitment to real community engagement they all have in common.