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Assessments and Reports

Community Health Assessments

In support of the patients, members and communities we serve, 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 every three years we 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.

Presbyterian is committed to community health improvement through community engagement, multi-sector partnerships, and sustainable impact. Community Health Implementation Plans and their impact reports accompany the Community Health Assessments. These reports, including the updated CHAs, are available for your review and comment.

To provide feedback on any of these documents or to request a printed copy, please contact the Community Health Team.

Health Assessments and Implementation Plans

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.

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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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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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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.

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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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Community Health Partnership Initiatives

Much of our work takes us out of the office and into the community. Our projects, initiatives and programs are supported by various partners and grants that fall into our health priorities including Behavioral Health, Social Determinants of Health, Access to Healthcare, and Healthy Eating and Active Living.

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health initiative works to address mental health and substance use to include prevention and treatment.

Social Determinants of Health

The Social Determinant of Health initiatives builds 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.

Health Council Support

We are proud to support both county health councils and the New Mexico Alliance for Health Councils. For 25 years health councils have played a key role in the state’s public health system by identifying local health needs, establishing community priorities and plans, and implementing local solutions. The health councils have also leveraged small investments like ours to attract additional funding to support programs and services to improve the health of their communities. We currently work directly with nine county health councils in the communities where we have hospitals. Together with the health councils we identified needs, heard what the community was asking of us, and developed our plans to address those needs together. This allows us to reduce duplication and promote alignment and collective impact with our community partners. By working together we can be more effective and implement quality, sustainable programs and strategies which lead to better health for our communities.


New Mexico Culture of Health – Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The partnership between Presbyterian, The New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils, UNM Health Science’s Center for Participatory Research, the Center for Health Innovation (New Mexico Public Health Institute), New Mexico Department of Health, New Ventures Community Building supports seven county and tribal health councils across the state as they increase community engagement, improve assessment and develop policy recommendations on important public health issues, with an emphasis on marginalized and underserved communities. The initiative is grateful for assistance from Public Agenda, a non-partisan research and public engagement organization, and Altarum, both of which provide technical expertise.

New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils


Health Related Social Needs Screening and Referrals

Presbyterian has developed and is implementing a five year plan with a vision to leverage the Presbyterian system to screen for health related social needs, connect to resources, and invest in the social service system to improve the health of our patients, members, and communities we serve through impacting the Social Determinants of Health. Work in this area looks to reduce or eliminate negative social determinants of health and increase positive social determinants of health. In partnership with Presbyterian’s Population Health, Community Health is working to make food, transportation, housing needs, and personal safety interventions more accessible. Community Health has developed best practices for training certified community health workers as part of the care team to help screen and navigate high risk patients experiencing social barriers to health. Community Health Workers are on the frontline diagnosing the social aspects of poor health, and service as a crucial bridge between communities and the healthcare system.


Food Farmacy

The Food Farmacy is a prescription-based food pantry for patients who have been determined by their healthcare provider as food insecure. The Food Farmacy is referral based only and is not open to the public.

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Accountable Health Communities

Access to Care

The Access to Care initiative includes growing capacity to meet demand for healthcare services, promoting equity and eliminating health and healthcare inequities, and creating connections to appropriate assistance.

Equity of Care Initiative

As the state’s largest health care system, we have a unique responsibility to achieve health equity in New Mexico. Health equity is also essential to Presbyterian's purpose to improve the health of the patients, members and communities we serve.
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Health Equity Index Survey

We are proud to be a Health Equity Index (HEI) survey Top Performer for 2019. HEI is a national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questing (LGBTQ) benchmark survey for equality and inclusivity in health care.
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Presbyterian Financial Assistance and Care Coverage

Healthy Eating and Active Living

Healthy Eating and Active Living initiatives include a variety of projects designed to improve nutrition and support programs that encourage indoor and outdoor activities.

Wellness Referral Center

The Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center (WRC) was created by Presbyterian Community Health and is managed by Adelante Development Center. The WRC is responsible for connecting patients to classes and programs related to healthy eating, active living, chronic disease self-management, and more. Healthcare providers submit referrals for patients to the WRC and then the WRC contacts each referred patient to explain the resources available, registering them in programs at a time, location and in a language that is most appropriate for their needs. The WRC makes reminder calls and completes follow-up evaluations to learn about patient satisfaction, any barriers to participating, and to sign up the patient for additional classes and programs if desired. Patients also receive rewards for participating. WRC programs and classes are available for free to participants, in part, through funding by Presbyterian Community Health and Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. This work is also made possible thanks to funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.


Connecting Harvest to Health/Conectando Cosechas con la Salud

Presbyterian Community Health is collaborating with Three Sisters Kitchen, Encuentro, and Meals on Wheels Albuquerque to bring a comprehensive approach to community food projects by connecting elderly residents with local produce, nutritious meals, and support in preparing and enjoying healthy foods.

Those connections are made by home health aides (HHAs) who have supplemental nutrition and cooking training or medical providers assessing needs of elderly patients, and will be provided via home meal delivery service.

Connecting Harvest to Health/Conectando Cosechas con la Salud will:

  • Improve senior nutrition
  • Reduce language access disparities
  • Increase local food access
  • Increase consumption of nutritious foods
  • Enhance workforce development
  • Support entrepreneurship
  • Strengthen the support structures for agricultural producers

The project will train 135 HHAs (most Spanish speaking or bilingual), support purchase of over 63,000 pounds of produce from more than 10 local growers, and provide meal delivery to 540 low-income seniors. Overall, 1,620 seniors will directly benefit from HHA and Meals on Wheels program services during the four-year project period.

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This work is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.


Healthy Here

We’re working to change systems and environments to make it easier for Hispanic, Latino, and Native American residents of the International District and South Valley to access healthy foods, be physically active, and manage chronic disease. We do this with the help of a large network of partners, all of which have years of experience and expertise working in communities. Collectively our impact is stronger than when we work alone. This work is funded through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) award and managed by Presbyterian Community Health.


Healthy NM Website

Presbyterian Community Health and its partners work together to improve conditions in neighborhoods and communities throughout New Mexico for better health. Through a partnership with the Albuquerque-based tech company, RS21, we created an interactive and visually dynamic way of using data to provide resources that connect health assessments and positive changes in the communities.
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Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque

Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque (HNA) is collaborative of anchor institutions created in 2016 to develop partnerships and collaborative projects that leverage anchor institutions in Albuquerque and Central New Mexico. The partners include: Albuquerque Community Foundation, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, Central New Mexico Community College, City of Albuquerque, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

The Local Procurement Vision of HNA is that anchor institutions partner with our community to harness purchasing and investment power to strengthen the local food system to purchase locally and sustainably grown and produced food to provide to patients, students, and employees to support health and wellness. This vision will be accomplished through 1) community health and wealth building, 2) inspiring others, 3) educating children and community, and 4) supporting economic development.

  • Local purchasing addresses social determinants of health in our communities by investing in local businesses and farms and supporting economic development
  • Local purchasing can build on multi-sector partnerships, policies, and programs to address poverty, equity, and the root causes of unmet social needs
  • Local purchasing can provide access to and knowledge about healthy local foods

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