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Northeast Health Promotion

Please see the main Health Promotion page for more information.

Health Promotion at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is a statewide program that focuses on health at the population level instead of at the individual level. Health Promotion staff serve the diverse communities in the Northeast Region to create positive and lasting solutions to the public health issues they face, as well as locate resources and assist with health initiative development. Health Promotion work focuses on health at the population level instead of at the individual level. Statewide, Health Promotion team members facilitate positive changes impacting people where they are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age.


Who We Serve

Our Health Promotion staff serves all communities in the Northeast Region, which consists of ten counties (Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, and Union), as well as some tribal communities.

The New Mexico Health Promotion Program provides population health expertise and support at the local level in all 33 counties and many tribal communities. Health Promotion staff have a pulse on the barriers and assets within local communities and are instrumental in providing resources, technical assistance, data, and infrastructure to local coalitions, councils, and committees.

All staff are responsible for supporting the region and its communities to address health issues through the development of health policies, supporting community coalitions, boards, local planning councils to address health concerns, and implementing special projects and/or grants that address health priorities in communities.


Meet our Region’s Community Health Councils

Health Promotion in the Northeast Region is currently serving 13 Community Health Councils: 3 Tribal Health Councils and 10 County Health Councils. The Northeast Region Health Councils have identified health priorities, listed below, which they are addressing through a community health improvement process.

Colfax County Health Council

  • Access to health care including mental health
  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Child Abuse/Neglect

Guadalupe County Health Planning Board

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

Harding County Health Council

  • Access to Care
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Transportation for the Elderly
  • Veterans Services

Los Alamos Community Health Council

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

Mora County

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Underage Drinking

Rio Arriba Community Health Council

  • Access to Care
  • Diabetes
  • Economic Development
  • Individuals at Risk
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transportation
  • Violence

San Miguel Family and Community Health Council

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

Santa Fe Health Policy and Planning Commission

  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Older Adults

Taos County Health Council

  • Access to Care
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Behavioral & Mental Health
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health Education & Wellness
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Substance Abuse

Union County Network

  • Access to Care
  • Behavioral & Mental Health
  • Oral Health

Santa Clara Pueblo Health Committee

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

San Ildefonso Pueblo

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

Taytsugeh Oweengeh Health Council

  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention
  • Cultural Health to Justice Programs
  • Youth Engagement with Cultural Practices

Team Members

Our Health Promotion team members are based in our local public health offices and serve the communities where they live.

  • 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.
  • Gwendolyn Gallagher, Community Epidemiologist for the Northeast Region, is based in the Regional Headquarters located in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office. Gwendolyn plays an essential role providing and interpreting the data which is the basis for Health Promotion work.
  • Christa Hernandez, Health Promotion Coordinator, is based in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office. Christa provides support and guidance 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.
  • The Health Promotion Coordinator, is based in the Santa Fe County Public Health Office is currently vacant. This position provides support and guidance 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.
  • Nichole Romero, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the Colfax County Public Health Office. Nichole works with Health Councils and Local Health Offices in Colfax, Harding and Union Counties.
  • Valentina White, Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the San Miguel Public Health Office. Valentina works with Health Councils and Local Health Offices in the counties of San Miguel, Guadalupe, and Mora.
  • 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 works with the Health Council and Local Health Office in Santa Fe County. Desiree also works with Tesuque Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the Santa Clara Pueblo Health Committee.
  • The Health Promotion Specialist, is based in the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office is currently vacant. This position works with Health Councils and Local Health Offices in the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Taos, and Picuris Pueblo.

Meet our Partners

  • Local Public Health Offices
  • Community Health Councils
  • Tribal Health Councils
  • School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs)
  • Community Organizations and many more!

Health Council Gatherings

The following are documents detailing our Health Council Gatherings:


Newsletters

Information about health promotion in the Northeast Region is compiled quarterly. To learn more, see the following:

About Us

For more information about the NE Health promotion team, such as mission, vision, and contact information, see the following: