Medical and Dental Care@100%: Innovation 9
Strengthening Local Services
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.9.1
Project 1: The “research Potential Resources” Project
Here you can explore the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), the Public Health Services Act and The Rural Health Care Initiative Hub.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.9.2
Project 2: The “usda Rural Development (Rd) Initiative Grant Possibility” Project
USDA offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as: housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They, according to their PR, provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs, helping rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.
USDA Rural Development (RD) Initiative grant: https://aae.how/151
Project: Medical and Dental Care.9.3
Project 3:The “we Need A State Coalition To Make Great Things Happen” Project
Through collaboration of the players and the strategic use of data and technology, we can find a way to ensure that no child or parents lacks access to timely medical and dental care. We are not trying to simplify our nation and states’ most complex challenges in a sentence. We are advocating for the start of a long-term, local dialogue about how we end health disparities. This is a conversation that’s been going on for decades involving the public and private sector. This particular project is about joining or creating a countywide and statewide network of health advocates and providers who believe that care is not a luxury, it’s what civilized governments ensure. A coalition will allow you to have a strong voice in your community as well as your city, county and state government. You may find that local lawmakers, while sympathetic to this issue, do not see addressing health disparities as the role of county or city government. For this reason, coalitions matter and they can be a force for awareness.
Your county and state network can educate local lawmakers about a new role for government: ensuring that no child, student or parent is marginalized because they can’t afford care. The coalition can work to elect officials who will prioritize care access for all, utilizing technology to connect everyone in the network with a shared vision, goals, activities, data use, communication and messaging, and an evaluation process. Your action teams start with identifying who is in the lead with health care reform. Given that the goal of ending health disparities has been bubbling up for decades, odds are good your state has heroic people working on this as a coalition. Find them.