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Evaluation of New Mexico’s Health Councils
17 Jul 2014 11:00 PM
From 2006 to 2011, the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Health conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the health councils.
This participatory, science-based evaluation showed that the health councils accomplished a great deal in developing and influencing policies; working with others to develop joint programs and services in response to identified local needs; building and strengthening community networks, partnerships, and coalitions; and raising and leveraging funds to support community health improvement.
The evaluation also documents a dramatic reduction in health council activities following the loss of core funding from the State in 2010.
That funding went primarily to supporting local staffing of the health councils: a part-time or full-time coordinator for each health council.
What the evaluation shows is that the health councils can do effective work without that staffing, but that they can do much, much more when their work is supported by a local coordinator.
to view a Power Point presentation on the evaluation results, presented at this year’s annual conference of the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils.