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Department of Health Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Health is to protect the public's health through:
  • preventing avoidable disease, injury, disability, and premature death;
  • assuring access to affordable, quality health care;
  • promoting healthy lifestyles; and
  • documenting and monitoring health events.

We do this by working in partnership with public and private organizations and individuals within the community to:
  • collect, analyze, and disseminate health data;
  • identify and prioritize health problems;
  • implement programs and interventions which are designed to:
    • Investigate episodes of disease
    • Control the factors that allow preventable diseases to occur within our communities
    • Educate and inform the public about improving their health and making good health care decisions
    • Pay for or provide essential health care services
    • Improve the quality of health care services by inspecting and monitoring facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, and laboratories; and
  • evaluate the implementation, effectiveness, and cost-benefit of health interventions to improve programs and services.

Department of Health Mission Statement Indexed to Areas of Program Focus

The mission of the Department of Health is to protect the public's health through:
  • preventing avoidable disease, injury, disability, or premature death caused by:
    • Injuries
    • Heart Disease and Stroke
    • Cancer
    • Dental Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Injuries
    • Asthma
    • Arthritis
    • Premature Birth
    • Birth Defects
    • Childhood Disabilities
    • Lead Poisoning
    • Health and Safety Risks in Child Care Settings
    • Community-acquired Infectious Diseases
    • Sexually-acquired Infectious Diseases
  • assuring access to affordable health care among:
    • Children
    • People With Disabilities
    • Low-income Adults and Seniors
    • Rural Populations
    • Ethnic Minority Populations
  • assuring access to quality health care from:
    • Hospitals
    • Extended Care Providers in Facilities or at Home
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Laboratories
  • promoting healthy lifestyles that include:
    • Physical Activity
    • Nutrition
    • Tobacco Avoidance
    • Preventive Services
    • Safety
    • Responsible Sexual Behavior
  • and documenting and monitoring health events using:
    • Population Health Status Data
    • Health System Performance Data
    • Birth and Death Certificates
    • Laboratory Confirmation of Infections and Toxins
    • Autopsies of Suspicious Deaths
The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Wed, 16 June 2021 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:39 MST