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Supporting Community Health in New Mexico

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Presbyterian Healthcare Services envisions a healthy New Mexico. We exist to improve the health of the patients, members and communities we serve.​​​

This means a commitment to improving access to health care, behavioral health, health insurance coverage, community supports, healthy food, and opportunities for exercise, and supporting everyone to have the opportunity for good health and well-being in the Land of Enchantment.

In support of this critical mission and as part of a requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Presbyterian completed its first community health assessment in 2013 and updated the community health assessment in 2016 and 2019. By conducting a community health assessment at least every three years we are able to identify the priority health issues facing each of our communities. As part of the community health assessment process Presbyterian partners with local health councils and conducts forums to help us better understand the key drivers of some of the health issues our communities face. These reports, including the updated CHAs are available for your review and comment.

Learn more about health issues facing the communities of New Mexico

Community Health Priorities

In alignment with the health needs of each community we serve, Presbyterian has decided to focus on the four core priorities that help build conditions to thrive: Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health, Access to Healthcare, and Healthy Eating and Active Living.

Building Conditions to Thrive: Four Core Priorities in All Counties

  • Behavioral Health. Though initially focused on encouraging tobacco cessation and the broader prevention of unhealthy substance use, Presbyterian's behavioral health initiative works to fully address mental health and substance use to include prevention and treatment. This includes supporting internal and external policy changes to support more robust behavioral health services in New Mexico.

  • Social Determinants of Health. Continuing our investment in the communities we serve, initiatives in this area build on multi-sector partnerships, policies, and programs to address violence, poverty, education, economic development, built environment, equity, and the root causes of unmet social needs. Presbyterian is also leveraging our healthcare system to increase identification of health-related social needs and connect individuals to community resources.

  • Access to Healthcare. Initiatives include growing capacity to meet demand for healthcare services and innovating the way we deliver care to enhance connection to appropriate assistance including behavioral health, chronic disease management, and social supports. Specific areas of focus include expansion of the population health workforce, stigma reduction education and training, the Equity of Care initiative, and health literacy.

  • Eat Well and Be Active. Presbyterian's healthy eating and active living initiatives includes a variety of projects designed to improve the nutrition of our residents and get them moving. Specific areas of focus include free healthy meals for kids, nutrition education, community gardens, community-supported agriculture, and increasing access to healthy food. Presbyterian supports programs that encourage indoor and outdoor activities and partners to improve community infrastructure to create more parks, playgrounds, safe sidewalks, and bike and walking trails.

Central New Mexico

The central region includes Bernalillo, Torrance, Sandoval, and Valencia counties. As with most of the other areas of New Mexico, some parts of this region demonstrate low need and low barriers to care, while others, such as southern Bernalillo County, and rural parts of Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties, have high need and high barriers to care. While the primary contributors to poor health vary slightly from county to county, they include poverty, drug and alcohol use, physical inactivity, nutritional status, and access to mental and behavioral healthcare.

The central region is currently served by Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, as well as various clinics and Presbyterian Medical Group locations.

Assessments

Plans

Reports



Community Health is measuring impact and outcomes in many ways; below are some of the evaluation reports that have been completed on the implementation of strategies identified in our community health plans.​

Santa Fe County

Santa Fe County is served by Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center, as well as affiliated clinics. Some of the barriers to good health in Santa Fe include a higher percent of people who cannot afford medical care because of cost, increasing alcohol-related death rates, increasing drug overdose death rates, and a relatively high percent of high school students experiencing sadness and hopelessness. Some facilitators to good health in Santa Fe County include that the county ranks well overall for general health outcomes and health factors, has relatively more providers to population compared to the rest of the state, low unemployment rates, good rates of physical activity among adults, low percent of adults with high blood pressure, and relatively low infant mortality rates compared to the rest of the state.

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Curry County

Curry County is served by Plains Regional Medical Center, as well as affiliated clinics. The top three causes of death in Curry County are heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease. Some of the contributing factors to poor health in Curry County include alcohol consumption, smoking prevalence, drug use, physical inactivity, nutrition status, and access to healthy foods.

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Lincoln County

Lincoln County is served by Lincoln County Medical Center. The three leading causes of death in Lincoln County are cancer, heart disease, and unintentional injuries. Some of the contributors affecting these death rates are alcohol consumption, smoking prevalence, drug use, physical inactivity, prevalence of high blood pressure, access to nutritious foods, and access to primary care and health insurance.

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Quay County

Quay County is served by Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital. The three leading causes of death in Quay County are heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory disease. A much higher proportion of adults in Quay County smoke cigarettes when compared to the state and the nation. Other factors contributing to poor health include low physical activity, poor access to nutritious food, health literacy levels, and access to care.

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Rio Arriba County

Rio Arriba County is served by Presbyterian Española Hospital. The three leading causes of death in Rio Arriba County are unintentional injuries, cancer, and heart disease. Contributors to high rates of both injuries and chronic diseases include alcohol consumption, drug use, poverty, and access to healthcare and health insurance.

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Socorro County

Socorro County is served by Socorro General Hospital. The three leading causes of death in Socorro County are cancer, heart disease, and unintentional injuries. Factors that lead to increased disease and death rates include poverty and unemployment, access to mental and behavioral healthcare and behavioral factors like alcohol and drug use, low fruit and vegetable intake, and lack of physical activity.

Assessments

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Reports


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To provide feedback on any of these documents or to request a printed copy, please contact Meredith Root-Bowman with the Community Health Team

If you are trying to access our financial assistance policy, you can find that here: Financial Assistance Policy

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