The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Con Alma Health Foundation as part of its $50 million humanitarian aid to support families and communities experiencing the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency. Con Alma distributed funds to New Mexico nonprofits that are providing basic needs, including health care, food distribution, emergency housing and financial aid, to people most impacted by COVID-19.

“Some of our populations in New Mexico have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director. “We hope our grants will address short-term needs for communities facing daunting health challenges as well as strategies for an equitable recovery.”

In addition to the grant awards to nonprofits, Con Alma is collaborating with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to collaborate with others working on COVID-19 recovery efforts to:

  • Leverage resources
  • Prevent duplication of efforts and services
  • Identify and address underserved needs
  • Create a plan for the equitable recovery from COVID-19 that focuses on long-term policy and system change strategies that address health disparities and advance health equity

“We will use our experience as an equity foundation and tap into the networks we’ve developed over the years to consider what we can learn from this experience and how can we can advance health equity, strengthen our infrastructure and our fragile safety net so all of our populations can be better prepared for  any crisis,” Roybal said.

Using a health equity lens, Con Alma has awarded 37 grants to address short term needs in New Mexico as a result of COVID-19. We apply a long-term view on policy and systemic change strategies that address health disparities and advance health equity as part of an equitable recovery for the families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project Grants, 37 grants awarded to date totaling $770,000.

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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project

Con Alma Health Foundation partnered with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support families and communities experiencing the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.

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COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities in New Mexico

Con Alma partnered with W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish and manage the COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities in New Mexico Fund, to provide direct assistance to New Mexicans who are immigrants and create awareness about the structural barriers to their well-being.

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Con Alma’s COVID-19 Response

In light of the evolving public health emergency due to COVID-19, Con Alma Health Foundation is taking a number of steps in an attempt to minimize exposure and slow the projected spread of infection. Effective, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and until further notice, Con Alma is suspending all in-person meetings at the Con Alma office. In the interim, all staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or other means as arranged.
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2021 Grant Cycles Are Open!

Celebrating 20 years of investing heart & soul in health

Con Alma Health Foundation and Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group’s 2021 Grant Cycles open Monday, March 15th, 2021 and close Friday, April 30, 2021 

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