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New General Membership Orientation

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Community Wellness Council! Below are some resources for learning more about us and how you can participate.

Step 1: Overview of CWC with our brochure: Click through the slide show for each panel or download the PDF.

CWC Brochure

Step 2: Understand our governance: Feel free to view our bylaws. 

CWC Bylaws Revised 7-2020

Step 3:Understand our process for community input and priority selection. Every three years we undertake a health profile update and community needs assessment process to inform health planning and policy making. We host events, have a presence at health fairs and provide presentations around the community to get the public's input. This process can take up to a year to reach deeply into Valencia County and give opportunity to as many people as possible to have a part in the selection of health priorities. Our latest products from the assessment done in 2019 are here:

Valencia County Health Report 2019

Healthy People 2020 Poster

Step 4:Be aware of our current funding sources and deliverables (the work we do for that money). 

  • Presbyterian Community Health: Community Health Needs Assessment and activities to improve outcomes on chosen priorities
  • Dept. of Health: Capacity Building - trainings that improve our skills as community health leaders and development of coalitions at the local level to effect systems change and inform statewide planners of local needs.
  • PIRE: Funds the collection of primary data through the yearly New Mexico Community Survey on perceptions around high risk behaviors.
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Facebook: Funds the creation and maintenance of our new resource directory coming in 2021!

Step 5: Understand how the Community-Selected Priorities are supported by our activities:

Priorities/Activities: (CRUNCH=Collaborative RUN down on Community Health)

Violence Prevention/100% Community Valencia, Violence Prevention CRUNCH

Behavioral Health/Behavioral Health Collaborative and CRUNCH, Kids at Hope

Substance Use/ Coalition for the OSAP grant through the DWI Program

Health Eating/ FUDDR Project and Summer CRUNCH

Active Living/FUDDR Project and Summer CRUNCH

Step 6: Learn more! If you are interested in learning even more, please call Diana Good at 505-222-0958 or email [email protected] to schedule a one-on-one orientation to answer any questions and get a more complete picture of how we work or simply attend our monthly community meetings on the first Wed. of each month where we learn from our community partners and develop plans to work together on projects. Currently we are meeting via Zoom per COVID safety.

Health Council Acronyms