New Mexico Health Equity Partnership: Health Impact Assessment
The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, believes every New Mexican should have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, to live in neighborhoods where children and families thrive, and to have a say in the decisions that impact their communities. HEP trains residents and community groups on how to make a more compelling case with greater impact when engaging policymakers on issues. One tool that HEP provides is the Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Through the HIA, advocates and residents learn how to collect and utilize data that can inform policy change, and hold decision makers more accountable. The HIA is an effective means in empowering and elevating community members’ voices. HIA has produced the following results:
- It builds leadership. Community members learn how to navigate the political system. They become more knowledgeable about decision making processes, and they become more comfortable with speaking before decision makers.
- It commands attention from decision makers and leads to the adoption of community recommendations.
- It fosters communication and collaboration among disparate groups that previously did not have good relationships.
HEP is seeking to support two new HIAs in 2017. Applicants that work in rural, tribal, refugee, and immigrant communities whose HIA will impact the health of vulnerable children will be prioritized. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact HEP (via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their HIA ideas in February 2017 before starting the application.
Amount: Two awards will be made that will each consist of $35,000 in funding, a webinar series, in-person training, and ongoing coaching provided by HEP technical assistance providers and HEP staff.
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