The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staffCon Alma is proud to partner with New Mexico First in their regional Community Conversations and statewide town hall, Healthcare: Body, Mind, and Spirit. In light of recent news about confirmed COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) cases in New Mexico and the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency, we want to exercise “an abundance of caution” in an attempt to minimize exposure and slow the projected spread of the infection. In the interest of everyone’s health, Con Alma Health Foundation stands behind New Mexico First’s decision to postpone these events until further notice.

We are hopeful that the current public health situation will calm and that we will see infections decrease in the very near future.

Town Hall & Community Conversations Re-Scheduling Plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

From the President of New Mexico First, Lilly Irvin-Vitela

We have been in communication with our board of directors about the safest and wisest approach to responding to the pandemic related to Covid-19. Our Executive Committee and chairperson of the Town Hall Planning Committee have unanimously agreed that the best course of action is to follow public health advisories. New Mexico First has decided to postpone all Healthcare: Body, Mind, and Spirit events, including our statewide community conversations (various dates and times), consensus-builder training (March 26-27th), and centralized 2-day Town Hall which was scheduled on April 8th and 9th.

We remain committed to building nonpartisan, consensus-based strategies and action plans to strengthen the well-being of New Mexico. For those who have been part of our research and planning teams, we’ll continue to meet remotely, and we’ll be in touch with a revised timeline. For those who have participated in community conversations, your voices and perspectives will still be brought forward at a future event. For those who have been on track to plan a local community conversation in partnership with New Mexico First, your partnership is still vitally important to us, and we’ll stay in coordination and partnership.

Isleta Casino and Resort, who we have been working with to plan our town hall, has been amazing. While we cannot know what the future holds, we are holding August 4th and 5th as our potential re-schedule date. Please mark your calendars and save the date. We’ll be in touch and encourage you to be in touch too. Part of how this pandemic unfolds depends on systemic and personal efforts to halt the spread of this disease. New Mexico has set up a statewide hotline. If you have concerns about your community, neighbors, family, or self, the number is 855-600-3453.

One of the strong messages we have heard all across NM from north to south and east to west as we’ve held community meetings about Healthcare: Body, Mind, and Spirit is that relationships are core to how we understand health and well-being. Let’s stay connected and share information and support even though we won’t be getting together in large groups for a while.

With great respect for your interest and commitment to health,

Lilly Irvin-Vitela, MCRP
New Mexico First
President and Executive Director