Co-Directors for Planning Phase Named
SANTA FE, May 2, 2011 – Con Alma Health Foundation (CAHF) received a six-month $300,000 strategic planning grant to help guide New Mexico’s federal health care reform implementation for vulnerable children and families lacking health care access, coverage and quality of care.
The community-based planning phase will create a non-biased, non-partisan and inclusive framework for implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Mexico. Emphasis will be placed on improving health outcomes in four counties with significant health disparities: Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, and San Juan.
CAHF will build upon past and current ACA health care reform efforts. A broadly representative stakeholder working group will be formed to bring together executive and legislative policy makers, small and large businesses, health providers, consumers, and communities interested in designing policies and program changes to meet New Mexico’s unique needs. Findings and recommendations are intended to serve as a strategic road map for New Mexico’s state-specific implementation of the ACA requirements.
Careful and coordinated planning is important and necessary. ACA is structured as a joint federal-state initiative and creates the framework for reform, leaving much of the implementation up to the states.
“The ACA provides a significant opportunity and financial resource to improve health disparities for all New Mexicans, said Dolores E. Roybal, Executive Director of Con Alma Health Foundation. “As a state-wide foundation acting as a catalyst to bring people and organizations together and dedicated to advocating for health equity, Con Alma Health Foundation is uniquely positioned to be a neutral convener for all interested parties,” states Roybal.
Roxane Spruce Bly and Charlotte Roybal are named Co-Directors for the planning phase. A member of the Pueblo of Laguna, Bly has extensive experience facilitating intercultural, multi-stakeholder partnerships to secure major funding for program implementation and health policy changes. Roybal has thirty years’ experience in health and human service policy and stakeholder development.
“The initiative will be an inclusive process involving individuals and groups typically not at the table. We will be reaching out to interested people across the state,” says Bly.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org
Con Alma Health Foundation, The mission of Con Alma Health Foundation (CAHF) is to be aware of and respond to the health rights and needs of the culturally and demographically diverse people and communities of New Mexico. CAHF seeks to improve the health status and access to healthcare services for all and advocates for a health policy that addresses the health needs of all New Mexicans. For its 10th Anniversary this year, Con Alma Health Foundation is celebrating the work of its more than 400 grantees and the investment of more than $10 million dollars to improve health in New Mexico.