New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks (NMCAN) Con Alma Health Foundation grants focus on ensuring that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. To that end, the Foundation awards grants each year to support nonprofits’ efforts to improve their communities’ health.

We congratulate the 2018 Small Grant Recipients!

Small Grants, supporting health systems strategies to address the needs of our diverse communities (15 grants, totaling $200,000)

Chainbreaker Collective ($15,000) to build a broad community coalition that advocates for a centralized affordable housing and critical support services hub on city-owned property in midtown Santa Fe as an extension of the Collective’s Development Without Displacement efforts

The Counseling Center ($12,000) to pilot a collaborative training model between staff, Alamogordo Public School teachers, educators, school counselors and community health providers seeking to improve learning environments and competencies for underserved at-risk youth

Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign ($13,500) to raise awareness of and engagement in the Health Security campaign, a broad and growing coalition seeking to establish a system of guaranteed, comprehensive, and affordable health care coverage for New Mexicans

Healthy Native Communities Partnership ($15,000) to support wellness groups in three Northern Navajo communities in San Juan County in designing wellness plans that improve health and community life and recover traditional practices of communal decision-making

Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL) ($12,000) to develop a community coordinated response system that will serve Lincoln County and Mescalero Apache Nation by bringing community, law enforcement, and agencies together in an effort to decrease domestic violence and increase access to services

McKinley Community Health Alliance ($12,500) to further multi-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations and engagement efforts focused on community-driven health priorities that have the potential to improve the lives of all McKinley County residents

MyPower, Inc. ($15,000) to empower girls in Lea County to make wise choices, set goals, succeed academically, and avoid teen pregnancy and risky sexual behavior, and to bring together area schools, businesses, parents and community members to address supportive youth-development policies

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty ($14,000) to strengthen Medicaid’s policies and procedures and promote quality, affordable healthcare solutions for all New Mexicans, such as the New Mexico Together for Healthcare, through legal research, analysis and communications

New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks (NMCAN) ($14,000) to build the leadership and advocacy of youth who spent time in foster care, as partners in developing policy and programming that prioritizes normalizing the foster-care experience

New Mexico Environmental Law Center ($13,500) to provide South Valley residents of Bernalillo County the legal tools required to inform policies and regulations that affect the cumulative impacts of air quality emissions and environmental health

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps ($15,000) to develop the leadership capacity of Taos County youth involved in the Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program to inform policies regarding youth alcohol and drug use/abuse by addressing government licensing, zoning and development decisions

San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity ($15,000) towards the Fractured Communities project, a community-led research and education effort to assess the cultural and spiritual health impacts of fracking for Diné communities in the Tri-Chapter area of northwestern New Mexico

Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) ($14,000) towards the continued expansion and replication of University Sin Fronteras program focused on leadership, policy, and civic engagement of mostly low-income families which builds upon participants’ talents, wisdom and intergenerational skills sharing

Supporting People in Need (SPIN) ($7,500) towards collaborative efforts in addressing policy barriers to creating permanent supportive housing and services for people with disabilities, especially mental illness, who struggle with homelessness in Grant County

Union County Network ($12,000) towards the Regional Pathways for Allied Health, a regional, multi-sector, collaborative workforce-development effort that increases access to dual-credit and certification courses in Raton, Des Moines, and Clayton high schools