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Small and Mighty Rural New Mexico 05/21/2019

Con Alma Health Foundation is proud to share this field study of rural Northern New Mexico. The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project at Campbell University in North Carolina, funded in part by RWJF, recently visited New Mexico, where members of the site visit team were able to meet with a few of our nonprofit partners. The resulting report highlights rural philanthropy, and how New Mexico’s rural nonprofits address the needs of their communities.

New Mexico is a place of great scenic variety, from dry deserts to snow-capped mountain peaks. Here, a community’s “rurality” is defined as much by the mindset of those living there as by any geographic boundary or population size. This means that rural funders must always, first and foremost, be aware of the place and the people they wish to serve, building on existing connections and forging new ones that are rooted in local history and culture. It is in this intersection of cultures and histories that Con Alma Health Foundation — the focus of the RPA’s field study — operates.

Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director, has had the opportunity to serve on the The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project’s Advisory Committee for over a year. There she was able to help inform and increase support for rural philanthropy in our state and across the nation by featuring the work and impact of some of our incredible community, nonprofit, and funding partners reflected in this report.

Rural work needs to be reframed from a negative (deficit) model. Too often funders assume that rural areas want or need help the way funders want to give it,” says Dr. Roybal . . . We are non-prescriptive. We never make the decision about what the policy should be, what the strategy should be. We’re bringing people together from all over, we’re getting their feedback in terms of what they think are the actionable agenda items that we should move forward. We never decide. One of our core values is community self-determination.

Con Alma is a strong advocate and supporter of rural philanthropy, and we hope you will take a moment to learn more about the important work highlighted here of our incredible community, nonprofit, and funding partners. Stay tuned as we continue this work in other areas of our beautiful state through new and continued collaborative opportunities.

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“Small But Mighty: Leveraging the power of ‘small’ to achieve big change in rural New Mexico”

 

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As a foundation that seeks to improve the health of our state’s diverse communities, Con Alma supports a fair and accurate census count of all who call New Mexico home. Visit our Census 2020 page for resources and information on how you can be more involved in this crucial effort: https://conalma.org/beyond-grantmaking/census-2020/

Health Equity in New Mexico Through the ACA

Achieving Equity in Health  for Children and Families  in New Mexico Through the Affordable Care Act
Con Alma Health Foundation released a report assessing how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been implemented in New Mexico. This comprehensive study focuses on ACA measures intended to increase health equity, in which everyone has an equal chance at living a healthy life regardless of a person’s ethnicity, income or zip code.

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New Mexico Children and 
Health Insurance Coverage

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The Affordable Care Act includes provisions that focus on improving quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. In New Mexico about 70 percent of children are of color, and almost a third of children live in poverty. Interactive maps are available that detail seven categories of children’s insurance coverage by county. These maps are a useful tool for anyone interested in learning more about the insurance coverage of New Mexico’s children by such categories as race, place, gender and income.

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