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Con Alma Health Foundation

2017 Small

Nov 17, 2017

Con Alma Health Foundation awards grants each year to support nonprofits’ efforts to improve their community’s health. Our investments focus on ensuring that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.

While Con Alma is New Mexico’s largest foundation dedicated solely to health, our grants reflect a diversity of strategies and issues. We understand that health is more than healthcare and as such Con Alma defines health broadly to include physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, social, oral, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.

Whether through our grantmaking, partnerships, research or reports, Con Alma serves as a catalyst for positive, systemic change. The emphasis of our grantmaking is on attaining long-term policy solutions and health equity. For the 2017 Grant Cycle, Con Alma awarded 46 grants totaling $625,000.

We congratulate the 2017 Small Grant Recipients!

Small Grants, supporting health systems strategies to address the needs of our diverse communities (15 grants, totaling $175,000)

  • Chainbreaker Collective ($9,000) in support of building leadership among low-income community members in Santa Fe to create, and be involved in, “Development Without Displacement Overlay,” a strength-based community-led development model
  • Compostela Community and Family Cultural Institute ($10,000) for an innovative Community Health Worker/Navigator Training Project to build on the strengths of bilingual-bicultural Taos residents with disabilities seeking a path back to employment
  • El Pueblo Health Services ($8,000) towards implementing an outreach campaign to  ensure residents of rural and low-income communities in Sandoval County have the opportunity to access quality, integrated health and behavioral care services
  • Healthy Native Communities Partnership ($12,500) to engage community members and local advocates to connect data with collective wisdom and drive community solutions via Community Wellness Planning sessions in McKinley County
  • Help Outreach Taos  ($15,000) towards implementing a coordinated approach to improve community response around suicide, prevention and intervention, and reduce negative stigma around mental health and substance abuse issues
  • National Latino Behavioral Health Association ($13,000) towards maximizing delivery and accessibility of the On-Line Behavioral Health Interpreter Training to increase availability for New Mexico based interpreters in the behavioral health system
  • New Mexico Child Advocacy Network ($14,000) in support of building the leadership and advocacy capacity of youth who spent time in foster care, as partners in developing policy and programming that prioritizes normalizing the foster care experience
  • New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition ($12,500) to improve the quality of New Mexico’s frontline healthcare jobs by leading a process on implementation of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and codifying a toolkit of exemplary employment practices
  • New Mexico Environmental Law Center ($15,000) in support of providing New Mexico’s community and environmental advocates the legal tools required to more deeply impact policies that affect safe, sustainable drinking water and environmental health
  • New Mexico Resiliency Alliance ($13,000) for the Community Resilience Initiative which seeks to evaluate measures and methods of dialogue that builds on community strengths, a mentality of opportunity, and increases public investment in local communities
  • Prosperity Works ($8,000) towards expanding Prosperity Kids, a project that leverages resources and invests in families by opening pathways through a child’s savings account, in partnership with low-income communities in Mora County and Albuquerque
  • Quay County Health Council ($8,000) in support of developing a model for access to healthcare through piloting a telehealth for system-wide provision through partnerships with community organizations and Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Southwest Organizing Project ($8,000) in support of expanding the University Sin Fronteras program focused on leadership, policy, and civic engagement that builds upon participants’ talents, wisdom, and intergenerational skills-sharing
  • University of New Mexico – KUNM FM 89.0 ($15,000) in support of KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico reporting project to increase awareness and knowledge about public health and poverty issues in New Mexico with special attention to rural communities
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project ($14,000) towards Promoting Youth Resilience through Camp Counselor Training program aimed at gaining understanding of Native American histories of perseverance and incorporating principles of trauma-informed care

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