Project Summary

The New Mexico First Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit Town Hall was a series of remote seminars hosted in August and September 2020 and was dedicated to nonpartisan discussion, consensus, and action to initiate positive policy change at the state level.

In the 6 months leading up to the town hall, New Mexico First hosted 20 statewide community conversations. Over 300 New Mexicans discussed issues relevant to health in their communities. Their lived experience and good thinking informed the background reports and the town hall proceedings.

During the Town Hall, nearly 250 participants came together to learn more about health: body, mind & spirit from speakers presenting at the plenary sessions and from each other throughout the event. Collaboratively, they developed 18 consensus-based recommendations. Learn more about the process and the findings below!

The town hall recommendations have been, and will continue to be advocated to policymakers and private-sector leaders by four action teams comprised of volunteers from communication conversations, the town hall series, and other stakeholders who have missions that are aligned with the consensus-backed recommendations and strategies. Each action team meets monthly to strengthen collaboration to advance recommendations and strategies.

Join us! If you would like to help with our health advocacy efforts by joining any action team, please email


Growing, Attracting, and Retaining a Health Workforce that is Culturally and Linguistically Competent, 3rd Wednesday of Each Month, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Strengthening Policies and Systems to Increase Food Security and Reduce Hunger, 3rd Thursday Each Month, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exception: The July 2021 meeting will take place Thursday, July 29, 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Building Resilience, Addressing Trauma, and Identifying and Responding to Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences, 4th Thursday of Each Month, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fostering a Robust and Responsive Continuum of Care that Delivers Access and Quality from Health Promotion and Prevention to Intervention and Treatment, 4th Wednesday of Each Month, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New Mexico First built on the work of the 2020 Health: Body, Mind & Spirit Town Hall by holding the health mini-forum series in May 2021. During each of the four two-hour events, Town Hall recommendations lay the foundation to focus on upcoming policy and systems change efforts. Community voices helped guide the work. Registration was free.