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Health Action New Mexico Assists American Indians with Affordable Care Act

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Health Action New Mexico [HANM] is a recognized consumer advocacy organization that promotes health care reform in New Mexico. It is the lead agency of a statewide collaborative, the Health Care for All Campaign, is working to achieve equitable, quality, and affordable health care for all people living in New Mexico. HANM is dedicated to working with the leaders of Native American communities to advocate for improvements in health care resources and policies that will benefit American Indian populations. HANM leadership and staff are particularly interested in listening to and developing meaningful relationships with American Indian leaders. HANM listens to prominent tribal leaders in order to gain an understanding of longstanding tribal views and practices regarding politics, history, and health. HANM has the capacity to work with AIAN leaders to develop strategies to address these priorities. Once key issues are identified, HANM can provide policy support and leverage their connections to create public platforms through which American Indian leaders can advance their interests. This is a collaborative effort where American Indian leaders have the opportunity to be heard at key decision-making points. In particular, HANM seeks to know what value they can add to help achieve what tribal leaders want for their communities, particularly with regard to the new and expanding access to health care services through the Affordable Care Act. Tribal leaders have taken an active role in health care advocacy and health reform implementation, regularly attending health marketplace board meetings and initiating discussions relevant to their communities. Native American leaders will also play a key role in the development of tribal centers and a statewide workgroup that will monitor implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Native American communities. Strengthened relationships have also led to collaborative outreach efforts with trusted community members to educate people and enroll them in new health coverage options. Ongoing participation by Native American tribal leaders has not only strengthened their advocacy voices, but has institutionalized their influence through representation on the health marketplace board.

Age Group(s):
Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

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Health Indicator(s):
Healthcare Access

Service Area:

Capacity building or empowerment


Name: Health Action New Mexico
Site or Location Name: Health Action New Mexico
North Camino Del Pueblo
P.O. Box 460
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: [877] 867-1521