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Imagine a healthy Bernalillo County,
where everyone has the ability
 to meet his or her full potential.



This vision is shared by many within the community. The Bernalillo County Community Health Council serves as a resource and convener for those organizations, institutions and individuals with a passion for improving the health of all Bernalillo County residents. By setting priorities and bringing people together to work toward a shared plan of action, the Health Council provides support to those responsible for creating the conditions needed for health
in the neighborhoods where we live, work, learn and play.


The monthly health council networking meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month
from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, August 28, 2018 - 10 am to 12 noon
In commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st)
we will have an update on the activities of the BCCHC Opioid Accountability Initiative.

First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, NM 

All health council meetings are open to anyone in the community and involve numerous organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and individuals.


Due to expansion of our accounting system, the Bernalillo County Community Health Council is seeking an Accounting Specialist to work 30-35 hours/week, starting in early September. The position includes accounting functions and processing payroll. (See job description)

This is a great job for someone who wants to use their accounting skills for a good cause - to support the improvement of community health! We currently have a staff of 7 employees and 2 contractors with funding from around 6 different grants/contracts. The position is based at our office at 220-A Adams SE, Albuquerque, NM.

Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Marsha McMurray-Avila at mcavila.bcchc@comcast.net. The position is open until filled, but we will begin interviews the last week of August, so early application is recommended! We will answer emailed questions, but no phone calls please.

BCCHC is seeking a graduate intern (university level) for a period of 4 months, September 2018 to December 2018, to support our Prevention Specialist with strategies aimed at reducing prescription opioid abuse/misuse in Bernalillo County. This is a paid temporary position at 20 hours/week.

(See job description)

Join us and share your passions with like-minded people. This is a wonderful way to gain real life experience in public health work, giving you the opportunity to bring meaningful change to an issue that is impacting current and future generations.

Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Marsha McMurray-Avila at mcavila.bcchc@comcast.net  preferably by August 24th.



 New initiative starting up for

In our last Community Health Needs Assessment process, the issue of violence and crime came up as a number one concern among community members. Recognizing that all the different forms of violence experienced in our community are connected and often have common root causes, BCCHC has committed to convening organizations and individuals that are working on all the different aspects of violence so that we can formulate strategies for prevention and approaches to making our community safer for everyone. (See CDC and Prevention Institute report on "Connecting the Dots" as background on how different forms of violence are related.)

At our January networking meeting, Dee Ross-Reed presented the results of a study of Violence in Bernalillo County: A Description of the Burden and an Investigation into Best Practices and Current Efforts for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Homicide, Bullying, Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Suicide, and Elder Abuse. A copy of the slides from that presentation are available HERE.

At our February networking meeting, Tracy McDaniel presented on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). That presentation is available HERE.

A planning committee is forming to work on the convening to kick off this initiative. The next meeting will be on Monday, August 13th from 1:30-3:00 pm at the BCCHC offices at 220-A Adams SE. If you are interested in participating in this planning process, please contact Marsha at mcavila.bcchc@comcast.net

 Healthy Here:
Communities Leading Healthy Change

We all want to be healthy, but that can be hard if the right supports are not in place.  For example, it can be difficult to eat healthy when it is too expensive to buy fresh and local fruits and vegetables. They may not be sold in one’s neighborhood, or they are not always available in our schools.  It can be difficult to be physically active when places like streets, sidewalks and parks are not easy, safe, and enjoyable to use.  And it can be difficult to manage a chronic disease, like diabetes, when you are not connected to a system that helps you to do so.

That is why Healthy Here exists.  We are working to change systems and environments to make it easier for Hispanic/Latino and Native American residents of the International District & 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 these communities.  Collectively, our impact is stronger than when we work alone.

More information available here!

Healthy Here is an initiative of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council.  It is funded in part through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) award, and is managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services Center for Community Health.

The views expressed in written materials or publications about Healthy Here do not, necessarily, reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Opioid Accountability Initiative

The Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative is a multi-sectoral collective impact strategy to align the activities of governmental, non-profit, business and community leaders to strengthen the prevention, treatment, harm reduction (through naloxone access) and law enforcement/criminal justice system responses to the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Bernalillo County.

The Initiative was originally convened by the Bernalillo County Community Health Council at the request of Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins in 2012, with the first activity being to plan an Opioid Accountability Summit for September of 2013. In January 2015, a second Opioid Accountability Summit was held with 200 people in attendance.

The Initiative is currently funded by Bernalillo County, NM Department of Health (Epidemiology & Response Division) and NM Human Services Department (Office of Substance Abuse Prevention in BHSD).

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