New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP)
Deconstructing Racism New Mexico (DRNM) is working on the co-creation of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) through five meetings including: 1) review of data, 2) community engagement and 3) analysis that builds capacity of NMDOH and most impacted communities for a public health infrastructure that addresses structural racism and health equity.
The following values have been identified as critical to REAP:
Cultural Preservation: Support the preservation and recognition of tribal cultures, traditions, and languages, thereby promoting cultural diversity and respect.
Decolonizing Policies: Look at decolonizing policies and systems that have historically marginalized Indigenous communities, leading to greater inclusivity.
Resource Allocation: Ensure fair and equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, reducing disparities and promoting social cohesion.
Shared Understanding: Remember that when working with Pueblos and Native American nations on a racial equity plan creates a shared understanding of the Indigenous struggles faced by Indigenous peoples and ensures these perspectives are considered in the racial equity plan. Core Values Recognize the sovereignty of Native American nations.
The NMDOH REAP working group includes NMDOH staff -- Janet Johnson, BC Nguyen and Dr. Laura Parajon -- and community partners -- Christopher Ramirez (Albuquerque), DRNM and Together for Brothers; and Anna Rondon (Gallup), New Mexico Social Justice & Equity Institute.
The NMDOH REAP advisory group is focused on observing, engaging in, reviewing, discussing and making recommendations on the implementation of NMDOH's REAP, the goals of which include bi-monthly online and/or in person meetings. Advisory Group will be chosen to represent the NMDOH five regions (NE, NW, SE, SW and Metro) as well as tribal governments, according to the State Tribal Collaboration Act, and include individuals from or experience with most impact communities and community health work, health equity and systemic racism.