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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, NOVEMBER 27, 2018 - 10 am to 12 noon
This month's meeting will be a farewell to
retiring Executive Director Marsha McMurray-Avila 

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.


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

Friday, November 16, 2018
Albuquerque Convention Center/West Wing
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

9:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Registration & networking at 8:00 am)

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 intimate partner violence to gun violence.
Together we can find solutions that address violence as a public health issue.

(Free lunch available only to those who register by NOVEMBER 12th)


This event was made possible with generous support from:



Interested in sponsoring this event? 


Program Specialist for Healthy Here 
Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change is committed to reducing chronic disease in the Hispanic/Latinx and Native American populations in Bernalillo County through increased access to healthy food, physical activity, and community/clinical linkages. The role of BCCHC in this collective impact initiative administered out of the Presbyterian Center for Community Health is to serve as the convener and facilitator of the multiple partners involved, with a special focus on internal and external communications.  

Please see the job description HERE and if your qualifications match, send your resume and a cover letter to Marsha McMurray-Avila at mcavila.bcchc@comcast.net.  Open until filled, but for best consideration, apply by November 5th. No phone calls please.

 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

 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).

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