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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, OCTOBER 23, 2018 - 10 am to 12 noon
The topic for this month's meeting will be Bernalillo County's Re-Entry Resource Center

First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, NM 
FELLOWSHIP HALL (enter through courtyard)

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


Executive Director

The Bernalillo County Community Health Council (BCCHC) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to replace the current ED who is retiring in December 2018. This position is located at our office at 220-A Adams SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

BCCHC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for all people in Bernalillo County. Health councils in New Mexico serve many functions, such as community health needs assessments, planning for how to address priority issues identified by the community, and convening across sectors and disciplines to serve as a catalyst for development of initiatives and/or programs to meet the identified needs.

BCCHC currently has 7 staff and 2 contractors. We provide staffing for the Opioid Accountability Initiative, a multi-sectoral collective impact strategy to align the activities of government, 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. We contract as a convener and facilitator for Healthy Here, another collective impact initiative focused on access to healthy foods, promoting safe environments for physical activity, and managing chronic disease. We also contract as convener for Accountable Health Communities, a federally-funded initiative to test the benefit of facilitating access to housing, food, transportation, and other social services to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. 

Please see job description HERE.

This position is open until filled, but for best consideration please apply by September 30, 2018. To apply, send your resume and a detailed cover letter to both Marsha McMurray-Avila at mcavila.bcchc@comcast.net and Stefanie Vigil at SVigil@TrueHealthNewMexico.com.
No phone calls please.

You should apply if:

  • You are a dynamic leader and passionate advocate for the health of everyone in Bernalillo County, with a strong commitment to equity and an understanding of the local community, local cultures, and local organizations.
  • You believe in the value of community-driven processes, with a commitment to and understanding of community health improvement through collaborative action.  
  • As a deep and methodical thinker, you enjoy being a visionary for community health while at the same time you excel at focusing on the details that allow the vision to be attained.
  • You enjoy being involved in several projects and are talented at managing both your own time and other’s expectations, including the ability to track multiple details and set up systems to maintain data and information.
  • You are an excellent communicator with strong written and oral communication skills.
  • You have experience with complex project management and non-profit finances, including budgeting, resource development, grantwriting, and contract management.
  • You have strong supervisory experience, including personal interaction skills, leadership skills, and commitment to working as part of a team.
  • You understand how to use research and data to make change happen efficiently and effectively, know how to use the information to inform and enable quality improvement, and can translate data to make it understandable to everyone.
  • You are dedicated to working collaboratively with people from multiple sectors for the greater good.
  • You are a continual learner and are adaptable to change.


 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 has formed to work on the convening that will be held on Friday, November 16th at the Albuquerque Convention Center to kick off this initiative. The next planning meeting will be on Monday, October 15th 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


Convening community organizations and individuals
 to make connections… for peaceful communities


Violence in our community takes many forms and is a major concern for everyone today.
It’s time for organizations and individuals concerned about and/or working on various aspects of violence to come together and connect the causes and consequences of all forms of violence – from child abuse to domestic violence to gun violence.
Together we can find solutions that address violence as a public health issue.

There is no charge for this day-long community convening,
but registration will be required.
More information and a link to register coming soon!

Convened by the Bernalillo County Community Health Council
and multiple community partners

 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 (OAI)


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).

More information on the

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