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NMPHA believes that full access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is a fundamental human right. Any restriction of access to abortion care exacerbates existing social and health inequities and violates the human rights of people with uteruses.

APHA has released the following statement: 

American Public Health Association: Supreme Court's Overturning of Roe v. Wade Jeopardizes the Health of All Americans

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

"The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn its nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision allowing a constitutional right to abortion is a catastrophic judicial failure that will reverberate differently in each state and portends to jeopardize the health and lives of all Americans."  Read more here.

NMPHA Annual Conference 2022

Thank you all who attended NMPHA's Annual Conference 2022. In case you missed it, or would like to reflect on the event, please enjoy the conference's highlights through art. Each artwork slide represents important topics that our Keynote speakers covered. The full illustration of the Annual Conference can be viewed here. We hope all enjoyed NMPHA's Annual Conference and we cannot wait for next year! 

Illustrations drawn by Taslim van Hattum. Click Here to view more of Taslim's work.


2022 NMPHA Annual Conference 

Thank you to our Presenters, Coordinators, Volunteers, Sponsors, and Attendees for making the 2022 NMPHA Annual Conference one to remember! 

We are grateful for the galvanizing discussions and community sharing you participated in, and hope you feel ready to go out and continue strengthening our communities.

Latest News 

We need you: Share your impactful health equity work with philanthropic and government leaders in 2022! 

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent forest fires have intensified our awareness about the necessity for informed and coordinated action to respond in fair, just, and humane ways.

Groundworks NM, Con Alma Health Foundation, and the New Mexico Public Health Association are hosting three in-depth discussions this summer and fall with the goal of understanding how government agencies and philanthropic organizations can work together in new ways to advance health equity in New Mexico. We know how important it is to continue connecting with community, non-profit, and grassroots voices to inform how government and philanthropy work.

Request for Information

We are looking for people and organizations that are doing leading-edge work within community to address structural and social determinants of health in ways that advance health equity. 

To participate in the discussions and inform discussions about alignment between state government and philanthropy, please submit a 1-2 page brief describing a health equity effort that you are already working on and want to highlight to teach about what health equity means in your work by June 30, 2022 at 5pm. Leaders and organizations chosen to participate will receive a stipend and an opportunity to share your work with New Mexico's governmental and philanthropic leaders. 

For more information on the details of the briefs and how to submit, download this PDF. Questions? Please email Leah at leah.sanchez@nmpha.org.

Public Health Infrastructure Task Force

The 2021 House Memorial 2 Public Health Task Force is pleased to provide the attached and linked draft report of recommendations to improve New Mexico’s public health infrastructure for a 45-day public comment period. Public comments will be accepted from June 1, 2022, through July 15, 2022. The draft report can also be accessed on the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Health Equity website here: https://www.nmhealth.org/about/asd/ohe. In addition to your own comments, we would appreciate your support in sharing this draft report with your networks and communities, so that we can reach as many people as possible to improve the current draft.

Public Comment Period: June 1, 2022 – July 15, 2022
Link to draft report: https://www.nmhealth.org/publication/view/report/7532/
Please review the draft report and provide feedback through one of the following ways:

  • Use the QR code here to share your thoughts with us in our online survey.
  • Use this link to our online survey to share your thoughts with us https://forms.office.com/g/rNsYBhgYbX.
  • Email your comments to Health Equity Director T. Justin Garoutte, MPH, CPH, at Justin.Garoutte@state.nm.us.
  • Call Justin with your comments at 505-946-7313.
  • Mail your comments to: New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Health Equity, 1190 Saint Francis Drive, S4253, Santa Fe, NM 87505

QR Code - Online Survey

New Mexico Health Task Force Recommendations Draft 

Click Here or on Image.

Click here for HM2 Memorial 

NM Gun Violence Reporting Law

Attorney Sheila Lewis is working with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence to explain the New Mexico Red Flag Law (gun violence reporting law). You can view her recent presentation at NAMI Santa Fe here or click on the presentation below. 

Resources for Helping Each Other Cope in the Events of Mass Violence 

NMPHA is deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent acts of mass violence in Buffalo and Uvalde. Our hearts and condolences are with the children, parents, families, and communities grieving the unfathomable loss of their loved ones. 

Gun violence is a public health crisis that affects us all, and the ramifications of gun violence extend far beyond the act. The physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of our communities are deeply impacted by such events. We hope you can find comfort and support in your communities in these devastating times to grieve and process together. We have experienced unprecedented trauma in these past few years, and now more than ever do we need to continue supporting one another. 

For those looking for immediate resources, we have included various resources that help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include: 

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture Alumni Board has released a toolkit for managing symptoms at #racialtraumaisreal which is available to download in manuscript form (2015) or as an infograghic

American Psychological Association (APA) Resources: 

COVID Updates from NMDOH

Visit the NMDOH Newsroom and Vaccine Reports for the latest statewide data on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations. 

Click here to link to NMDOH Community Resource Center

For all NMDOH COVID-19 resources, visit our NM Vaccine Equity & Rebuild hub by clicking on the logo below. 

How to Get Involved


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NMDOH COVID-19 Website

This site provides information on public health orders, testing, and social services

American Public Health Association

Get Ready Health Initiative for COVID-19 

NMDOH COVID-19 Public Dashboard

The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity

Environmental     Health and Justice

Environmental health addresses the interrelationship between human health and the environment, and strives to improve the quality of both the natural and built environment. Environmental justice is the understanding that all racial, ethnic, and income groups have the right to equal treatment and protection under environmental statutes, regulations and practices, and that those policies should be consciously designed to protect human health and reduce disparities within and among communities.

Universal access to health care

Every person in New Mexico is entitled to quality, comprehensive health care as a human right, regardless of income, geographic location, or immigration status.

Social determinants of health

Where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on how long and how well we live than medical care. Our zip code affects our health more than our genetic code. These are some of the messages that help illustrate the growing understanding that the health of individuals and populations is influenced by a complex set of inter-related social and economic determinants including:  income/wealth, education, employment status, housing, food security, early childhood experiences, environment (both built and natural), and discrimination based on race/ethnicity or other personal characteristics.

New Mexico Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We have collaborated with APHA to grow stronger as organizations, to share expertise, influence, and resources, and to advocate for common priorities at the local, state and federal levels. 

APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. It is the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org

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