Who Are We?
524 DeMoss St.
Lordsburg, NM 88045
The Hidalgo County Health Consortium is a community-based organization endorsed by the Hidalgo County Commission. Members of the consortium represent a wide range of sectors int he community and we strive to represent a wide range of the population to make decisions that will ultimately improve the health of Hidalgo County Residents.
The consortium asts as an advisory committee addressing the health and wellness issues for Hidalgo County and makes recommendations to the county commissioners.
The consortium was organized in1997 as a means to coordinate efforts to improve Hidalgo County residents' quality of life.
We are a regional, collaborating network of services providers and consumers leading the fight to ensure the quality of life, health, and well-being in Hidalgo County.
We believe that each person has a basic right to access comprehensive health services, advocate for individual health, recognize the best quality of life, and realize increased benefits for positive change in communities.
What Do We Do?
We assess, plan, and coordinate activities and programs around prioritized health concerns. We meet the third Tuesday of each month (except July and December).
What Have We Contributed?
--Organized the quad-county Wellness Coalition, originally established to prioritize common health issues in the four-county area and to seek funding for prioritized needs. The TWC became a powerful voice in the state for rural needs, helped councils build capacity, participated in regional strategic planning, and acquired funding for common needs.
--The HCHC and TWC took the lead originally in promoting economic development for Hidalgo County, following the closure of the copper smelter in 1999. At that time, the HCHC brought in mental health counselors and facilitated activities directed toward helping families cope during those traumatic weeks and months.
--Facilitated the Healthier Schools program in both county schools, wherein Animas was named a model school in the Healthier School program. This included provision of health curriculum, physical activities, cafeteria offerings, and bringing access to health services to students and families.
--Establishment of public transportation services in Hidalgo County. The MCH/HCHC provided the Health Link Van services for many years, providing rural residents with transportation to medical and social service appointments. With the establishment of the SALUDS and Medicaid transportation services, we shifted our focus from provision of direct services to advocating for public transportation services to fill the needs not met through those services. Corre Caminos began providing services to Hidalgo County largely because of the HCHC.
--Mapped medical and social services available to Hidalgo County residents, identifying gaps and duplications. This proved to be a tremendous help to the various agencies who provide services here and to the residents who benefit from those services.
--Coordination of substance abuse prevention and treatment services for Hidalgo County youth and adults, thus ensuring consistency and accountability. This coordination prepared us to take advantage of the TCA funding opportunity, to provide a total community approach to addressing substance abuse in Hidalgo County, thus bringing in over $500,000 yearly to the tri-county areas.
--Facilitated the annual Hidalgo County Teen Maze, recognized regionally and across the state as an innovative intervention that brings together providers, government, law enforcement, and private business. It serves approximately 380 each year as a game-based maze in which youth make hypothetical decisions based on real-life situations and learn the consequences of those choices.
--Aided in funding applications for county entities through letters of support and collaboration.
--Facilitated Heath Fairs in a rural county that would likely not have opportunity for such otherwise.
--Facilitated Food Bank and Commodities agency training and implementation in Hidalgo County, as well as a Youth Backpack food program that provides weekend food packs to needy youth.
--Established community action teams to address teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and support, and other locally identified priorities such as cancer support. The teen pregnancy prevention CAT team, for example, led the way to significantly reduce teen pregnancy during those years. The Suicide CAT hosts numerous yearly activities within the county such as softball tournaments and awareness walks. Cancer support groups are available and HCHC has made Cancer Patient Navigators available for any patient or caregiver.
-- Completed a written community assessment project every three years to determine need and priorities to be addressed within the county.
--Provided periodic community assessment activities, including community meetings, where the general public can voice concerns and ideas, giving consumers a voice in the issues that impact the lives of their families.
--Created a yearly annual work plan according to the needs addressed in community assessments, feedback, and YRRS data.
--Provided assessment results and community feedback at various locations, open to the public.
--Participated in grant writing for community betterment.
--Provided healthy lifestyle opportunities throughout the community, including healthy cooking classes, parenting classes, and physical activities.
--Completed a County Profile that is used by state and local entities for grant-writing purposes as well as other funding opportunities.
--Completed Resource Directories for use by local providers as well as community members which lists contact numbers, addresses, fees, and services for all county providers and/or services.
--Created and disseminated Suicide Awareness/Prevention and Domestic Abuse and hotline cards.
--Was awarded physical activity grant and school health grants.