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Northwest Health Promotion

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Health Councils

The Northwest Region Health Promotion supports 10 Health Councils. Seven councils are located within the counties they serve, and three councils are tribal health councils. Each of the Health Councils in the Northwest Region have developed their list of working health priorities, listed below, which they will address this coming year.

Acoma Health Council

Acoma Pueblo

  • Healthy Food Nutrition Access
  • besity and Diabetes Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth Risk, Social Media
  • Training in Schools

Bernalillo County

Albuquerque Area

  • Capacity Building/Strategic Planning
  • Child Abuse/Elder Abuse Neglect
  • Healthy Food Nutrition/Access
  • Mental/Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse
  • Sexual Violence/Suicide
  • Obesity/Diabetes Education
  • Accountable Communities Initiative
  • Race, Economic, Social injustices
  • Violence/Homicides

Cibola County

Grants Area

  • Physician Recruitment and Retention
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
  • Obesity/Diabetes Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth Risk/Social Media
  • Training in Schools

Cochiti Health Council

Cochiti Pueblo

  • Capacity Building/Sustainability
  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Substance Abuse/Suicide
  • Youth Risk/Training in Schools

McKinley County

Gallup Area

  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Racial, Economic, Social Injustices

Sandoval County

Rio Rancho Area

  • Strategic Planning/Capacity Building
  • Youth Risk
  • Training in Schools

San Juan County

Farmington, Shiprock Area

  • Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Food Access, Healthy Communities
  • Youth Risk

To’ Hajillee Health Council

To’ Hajillee Navajo Reservation

  • Strategic Planning/Capacity Building
  • Alcohol Abuse/Suicide
  • Mental/Behavioral Health

Torrance County

Estancia, Moriarty Area

  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Underage Drinking

Valencia County

Los Lunas, Belen Area

  • Capacity Building/Sustainability
  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Youth Risk

Team

The success of the Health Promotion in the Northwest Region is dependent on a strong NMDOH team, and a network of reliable, knowledgeable partners. The Health Promotion Team supports health and wellness throughout the communities in the Northwest Region. Identifying and partnering with local coalitions and organizations, strengthening these available resources and building these organizations for increasing their capacities and involvement has helped our Health Promotion Team work to advocate for better health outcomes and increased health improvement efforts.

  • Jerry Montoya, Health Promotion Program Manager in the Northwest Region is based at the South Valley Health Office in Albuquerque located in Bernalillo County. Jerry manages the operational functions of the Health Promotion Program.
  • Tom Scharmen, Regional Epidemiologist in the Northwest Region is based at the North Valley Health Office in Albuquerque located in Bernalillo County. Tom analyzes the data for the region and the state. Tom’ s role is also beneficial in setting performance measures for PHD Programs and health councils.
  • Michelle Skrupskis, Community Services Coordinator in the Northwest Region is based at the Taylor Ranch Health Office located in Bernalillo County. Michelle provides technical assistance with Health Improvement Initiatives for the Health Promotion Team. Michelle assists the tribal health councils of Acoma, Cochiti, and To’hajiilee. In addition, she provides assistance in Cibola and McKinley counties for their health councils.
  • Christine Morris, Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Farmington Public Health Office located in San Juan County. Christine provides support for the health councils, health offices in San Juan County and assists with initiatives in Cibola and McKinley counties.
  • Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the McKinley County Health Office located in Gallup, New Mexico. This position provides support for the health councils, health offices and initiatives in McKinley County.
  • Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Grants Public Health Office located in Cibola County. This position provides support for the health councils, health offices and initiatives in Cibola County.
  • Epidemiologist, is based at the McKinley County Health Office located in Gallup, New Mexico. This position works jointly with the Northwest Region Epidemiologist in Bernalillo County. This position assists with data analysis for the Northwest region and the state, by providing data to the other epidemiologist(s) and setting performance measures for PHD programs to align with health councils in McKinley County and overall aligning these performances within the Northwest Region.
  • Becky Jones, Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Sandoval County Health Commons Office located in the City of Bernalillo in Sandoval County. Becky provides support for the health councils, local health offices in City of Bernalillo and other initiatives which includes the Rio Rancho communities located in Sandoval county.
  • Mark Clark, Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Southeast Heights Public Health Office located in Bernalillo County. Mark provides support for the health councils, health offices with initiatives in Bernalillo and Torrance counties, and assists with Cibola and McKinley Counties.
  • Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Northeast Heights Public Health Office located in Bernalillo County. This position specializes in PHD health initiatives and provides support for the health councils, health offices and initiatives in Bernalillo County.
  • Diana Good, Health Promotion Specialist, is based at the Los Lunas Public Health Office located in Valencia County. Diana provides support for the health councils, health offices and initiatives in Valencia County.
  • Carlos Flores, Coordinator Male Involvement Project for the Northwest Region. Carlos is based at the South Valley Health Office located in Bernalillo County. Carlos is involved as the Project Coordinator developing initiatives for improving male involvement within the community through family integration and self-awareness participation activities. Carlos also provides male involvement initiatives and activities within the schools for the young male teen population located in Bernalillo County.
  • Phillip Cordova, Health Educator for Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program (TUPAC) for the Northwest Region. Phillip is based at the TUPAC Administrative Office at Twin Towers at corner of Central and San Mateo NE. Phillip provides support, policy and initiatives in tobacco-related issues throughout all counties in the Northwest Region.

Partners

The Northwest Region Health Promotion Team has been very fortunate in partnering with internal and external partners to make effective changes in the Northwest Region. The Northwest Region has a variety of health initiatives within the region. These are dependent upon the population location being in a more rural setting, in Indian country, or if the population location is closer to the metropolitan areas having access to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington, Los Lunas and Belen.

New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) — Data mapping training for farmers, gardeners. Initiated collaboration to pursue a portal for farmers and gardeners on data utilization and GIS mapping for water wells, contaminated soil areas such as abandoned uranium mine sites. Long range plans include working with the Navajo Nation and retrieve data sets and utilize as an additional layer to the NMCDC web site.

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Technical Assistance — in partnership together with Health Equity Partnerships (HEP), provide technical assistance to Global 505 HIA Study on, ‘Language as a Bare Minimum to Support Health of Immigrant and Refugee Families Report’. This report is in a draft phase, with plans to release it in July 2018.

Food Environment, and Education Data Project (FEED) — the Early Childhood Risk and Asset Assessment; Community Healthcare Access and Healthy Aging Issues. In 2018, will train 300 individuals in the region how to navigate and use community level data to leverage funding and impact public policy on early childhood issues, educational assessment, food and physical activity access and access to substance abuse and prevention services and healthcare resources.

Social Medicine Consortium’s Campaign against Racism — Part of a design team to establish a chapter of this consortium in San Juan County area and begin plans for strategic planning.

To’Hajillee Behavioral Health System and Canoncito Band of Navajos’ Health Center — Plan and coordinate activities and events to help address population health issues with policy changes. Activities include: Red Ribbon Campaign, Multicultural Run and National Suicide Prevention Week an Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) — Has been a successful program in the Northwest Region to offer community participants a way to better manage their chronic diseases. Partners to make this happen have been, Pueblo of Acoma, Futures Foundation in Grants located in Cibola County, Pueblo of Cochiti, the Rio Communities Methodist, Bosque Farms Seniors and Older Americans, plus many opportunities through the UNM Valencia Health Fair and Rio Communities Health Fair venues.

Local Food, Local Places (LFLP) — City of Farmington in San Juan County has been selected as one of the federal locations to receive assistance with this initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Agriculture, are the partners teaming up with Farmington, to develop local food enterprises, farmers markets, and improve the environmental, economic and health outcomes for the region.

REACH Coalition — An organization operates as one of their initiatives, the Fruits and Vegetables Program in working with Indian Health Services to promote access and availability of healthy eating options for fresh fruits and vegetables with local retailers in the communities.

Produce CRUNCH — With funding from Presbyterian Community Health hosted a Produce CRUNCH in Los Lunas to promote families’ ability to grow and prepare their own food. Experts from NMSU extension office, East Valencia Urban Garden Program and Valencia Community Gardens all lent their wisdom during 20 min. demos on seeding techniques, extending the growing season, soil amending, water retention, transplanting, organic pest control, food safety, sun safety, and harvesting/distribution to local markets. The event included a raffle of Farmer’s Market “coin” and was held just prior to the first session of the Belen Farmer’s Market that same day. Local promotion included in-person flyer distribution to families that participated the Summer Lunch Program hosted at the same park.

Community Wellness Council and On-Line Resource Directory in Valencia County — This is a local community access source in Valencia County which demonstrate the Community Wellness Council’s online resource directory, including an asset map linked to other statewide resources. This also includes the information on local health council, Dial 211, Share New Mexico and the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line.

Bernalillo County Community Health Council and Behavioral Health Initiative — Promoting Community Engagement utilizing a Team response to address Opioid Addiction Accountability, Needle Exchange, Harm Reduction, Social Awareness about Mental Health Issues and Services in the Metro area and Northwest Region.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities — working with the Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (ONAPA) in PHD Chronic Disease Program to assess five school districts within Sandoval County through developing School Wellness policies in Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Public schools.

Alternative Education Setting (AES) — coordinate and organize educational sessions on substance abuse and teen pregnancy prevention in Sandoval County working with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Public Schools.

Youth Engagement Project — Located at Rio Grande High School, Valley High School and West Mesa High School. The Youth Engagement Project partners with the New Mexico Forum for Youth, the Native Health Initiative, Partnership for Community Action and Enlace Comunitario and UNM Men of Color Alliance. This program focuses on positive messaging by building self-esteem, enhance resilience, encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Partnership for Healthy Torrance Community — Coalition focusing on Walkability Assessments, maps of Trails for villages of Estancia, Mountainair, Moriarty and Edgewood. Trails for East Mountain Regional Area. Food Security Committee for community gardens, nutrition, cooking and canning classes.

Food Security Fund in Mountainair — Reopen B Street Market, and Mi Chante Tierra De Cultivo – for indigenous land and water sovereignty demonstration garden.


Activities

The Northwest Region Health Promotion Team hosted the CiQlovia Festival in the International District located in off Louisiana and Southern Blvd. in the Southeast Region of Albuquerque. CiQlovia Festival was to promote physical activity through biking and/or walking within the designated streets marked off for the festival. The Health Promotion Team worked to have Zumba and Yoga instruction along with offering a climbing wall activity during the festival. The CiQlovia Event also kicked off the beginning of flu shot season as the vaccines were available for attendees.

Partnering with Northwest Region Health Promotion Team for this event were Presbyterian Health Services, Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), Albuquerque Public Schools represented by Van Buren Middle School, International District’s Healthy Communities Connection, Albuquerque Housing Partnership, Bike ABQ, New Mexico Dept. of Transportation and their Look for Me Walking Campaign and Albuquerque Parks and Recreation through their Phil Chacon Park located in the International District. Partial funding was provided by Center for Disease Control and Prevention.