The NM HealthMatters CAP Team Hosted the NM Statewide Affiliate Meeting

Albuquerque, New Mexico

ARCA hosted the NM HealthMatters™ CAP Conference (January 10-11, 2013) in Albuquerque, NM, where community-based organizations (CBO) from four NM regions met to discuss health promotion capacity. The affiliates are a statewide network improving the health of people with DD, their service, and regulatory systems. Individuals with disabilities, staff, and family members from affiliates convened with ARCA, Dina Donohue and Kristin Krok from NorthPointe Resources, Dr. Lisa Cacari-Stone from the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Beth Marks and Dr. Jasmina Sisirak from the University of Illinois at Chicago to tell stories, learn from each other, and set organizational goals for health promotion based on a comprehensive HealthMatters Assessment of current organizational status.

Self-advocates from each CBO hit the mark practice teaching the new
Peer-to-Peer HealthMessages Program! Chelsea Oppenheim a Healthy Lifestyle Coach from ACES at ARCA demonstrated a group HealthMessages session with her peers: Ernesto, Kipper, Sam, Wendy, and Pam. Huge thanks to Holli Fields and Jeanne Desjardins for helping ACES participate. Jeff Foster, Rolley Longley, Tom Pino, and Mark Hirvisalo, who receive ARCA’s services, were role models at the conference.

NM affiliates that will support health promotion in their organization/region with technical support form the NM CAP Team (ARCA) include Silver Lining Services (NW), Santa Lucia (NE), Tresco, Inc. (SW), and Tobosa Developmental Services (SE). The NM CAP Team provided affiliates with teaching tools, equipment, and books to support their programs under the grant.