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Health Promotion

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.

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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.

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New Mexico Health Promotion Program Creates Executive Summary

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Since January of 2018, the New Mexico Department of Health- Statewide Health Promotion Program has worked to create a Statewide Health Promotion Executive Summary to highlight the diverse and vital work health promotion staff across the state lead in local communities. The purpose of the document is to inform internal and external partners about the many ways regional Health Promotion Teams are serving the state of New Mexico. A key point noted in the document is that health promotion work looks different in each region and in each county, because the needs of the counties and tribal communities differ. As health leaders and advocates, health promotion staff work diligently to continually meet communities and community partners where they are and to provide support to them in addressing the priorities they have identified.

In June, a one-page executive summary was finalized. This executive summary is designed to showcase the diverse ways health promotion staff work with local partners to build capacity, address identified public health goals and objectives, enhance overall community health improvement through collaboration and community organizing, while highlighting that health promotion activities are based upon sound scientific data and research. The work of New Mexico Department of Health-Health Promotion Program directly influences the overall core functions and essential services of Public Health in New Mexico.

See the Health Promotion 2018 Executive Summary to learn more.

Health Councils

The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of NM communities to advocate for systems and policy change that will improve the conditions where children, families, and communities are healthy.

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.

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership and the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils both play a vital role in supporting, and working toward sustainability of the health councils.


Connecting the Dots

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health.

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.


Statewide Team

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.


Data

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

Features maps which 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 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.

Community Guide

The Community Guide is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.