We are happy to share with you highlights from our special focus on health equity in 2019. It was a year of collaboration as we worked with partners to ensure a complete census count and wrap up our W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant. The two-year grant sought to enhance health reform and strengthen the state’s health-care safety net as well as expand our network of nonprofits and stakeholders to advocate for policies, services or activities that impact health care and health equity.
We partnered with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to bring together a diverse group of people to determine how we can ensure that all children and families have a fair chance at getting insurance coverage and accessing health care and other social resources which are needed to live a healthy life.
This year we also continued our partnership with foundations and other nonprofits to advocate for a complete count of our residents in the 2020 census. This is an enormous health-equity issue as our minority, rural and underserved populations have been left out of previous census counts, leading to a loss of federal funds for such critical needs as food and healthcare.
We thank our Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee members, and our funding and community partners, for supporting our work toward health equity. You help us extend our reach to all parts of New Mexico, and your time and devotion are invaluable.