In 2017 we celebrated the power of partnerships; it’s a value that we uphold in everything we do at Con Alma Health Foundation. It is reflected in our partnership with our grantees and funding partners. In our grant investments, comprehensive studies and advocacy work, we know we can accomplish more by bringing people together to find solutions to our health challenges and work toward health equity in New Mexico.
In one of our major collaborations this year, we partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, on our latest project to bolster New Mexico’s health-care safety net and advocate for strong health policies. Together with our partners, we will identify the most impactful next steps from our report, Achieving Equity in Health for Children and Families in New Mexico Through the Affordable Care Act. We expect this collective effort, funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will result in stronger networks that can address continuing issues around health care and the health needs of all.
This year’s report features several of 2017’s partnerships including our work with Sancre Productions to create four compelling videos that show how four nonprofits used multi-year grants (three year grants ending in 2017) to help people access health care, protect the confidentiality of adolescent health care, and support community health workers to help those in need. We commissioned a study on the impact of grandparents raising grandchildren in New Mexico, particularly in situations where parents are not involved. And we continued to champion the goals of the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, U.S.- Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, and New Mexico Association of Grantmakers.
Our ultimate partners are the dedicated members of our Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee – people who share our values and their insight into health issues affecting their diverse communities. We thank our devoted members and professional staff for helping us build partnerships and invest in change so all individuals have an equal chance at living a healthy life, regardless of their income, race or zip code.