New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease 2012-2016

The NMSSP is being implemented between 2012-2016 with progresses tracked and evaluated by CDPC. Quarterly meetings and communication activities, including a website serve as a forum to highlight members’ NMSSP related work. The plan has been shared with the public to help influence advocacy efforts and legislation related to chronic disease.

CDPC, as a forum of collaboration and communication, is working to ensure the success of the plan. Members from lead organizations,  including transportation, education, and housing, as well as representative from traditional health organizations, provide valuable expertise and diverse perspectives, guiding the implementation of the NMSSP by building statewide partnerships. The New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and control of Chronic Disease will result in a more coordinated, concerted effort that taps into the skills, talents and experience of a diversity of organizations.


The New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease was created by a statewide leadership team during 2010 and the Chronic Disease Prevention Council (CDPC) will facilitate the application of the plan. The mission and the goals in the plan are from various state programs and are made applicable to statewide needs. The plan identifies common risk factors, promotes multi-level prevention and management strategies, and aims to improve health at both the individual and community level.

A shared plan is needed as chronic diseases have overlapping, shared risk factors and rates are increasing, resulting in growing medical costs and adverse personal and social consequences. A collaborative approach will allow for great efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, a shared plan can better address the issue of health equity and social determinants related to chronic disease, warranting successful partnerships.

The Shared Strategic Plan will result in a more coordinated, concerted effort that taps into the skills, talents and experience of a diversity of organizations. Please click the following link to read over the plan and understand the work of CDPC.

Access and read the NM Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease 2012-2016 here: New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease.

Access and read the CDPC’s NMSSP updated priorities here selected for the year and past years:

NMSSP Selected Priorities 2012-2016


Lead Organization Information:

  • Heart Disease and Stroke Strategic Priority:  Work with communities to build a comprehensive heart disease/stroke prevention and control system statewide.
    • Objective 5: Promote education, certification, and utilization of Community Health Workers in chronic disease prevention and control.

Lead Organization:

The DOH, Office of Community Health Workers (OCHW) is dedicated to provide the best possible education for CHWs as it pertains to certification as well as educational opportunities in general. The OCHW not only provides and believes in certification but is working to elevate the CHW profession and bring the recognition to a workforce that has historically gone with little to no awareness and appreciation. The CHWs are uniquely equipped with many attributes to include; language diversity, trust of their people and community, as well as cultural awareness and competency. The CHWs are the most appropriate workforce to provide chronic disease prevention and control education, due to the nature of where they work, i.e., communities, clinic settings and home visits.  Many CHWs are lead trainers in Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Curriculum, and are able to utilize this knowledge when working with their clients/patients.

http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/hsb/ochw

Contact Information

Carol Hanson, RDH, MPH, Program Director

Office of Community Health Workers

NM Department of Health

Phone: (505) 222-8685

Email: carol.hanson@state.nm.us