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Community Health Assessment Forum

The Community Health Assessment (CHA) Forum is an open forum for discussion of New Mexico community health assessment topics. The group holds quarterly web meeting/conference calls that are open to anyone who's interested. If you're not already on the email distribution list but would like to be, please send an email to Lois Haggard, Community Health Assessment Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Health at .

1 Next Meeting
2 Future Meetings
3 Group Purpose


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Next Web Meeting/Phone Call

Monday, November 18, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Meeting Access

Dial-in: 1 (646) 749-3131

Meeting ID/Access Code: 576-764-813

To view the presentation on your computer, put this URL in your browser's address window: ""

Phone etiquette:
  • Please don't put the line on hold. This may result in the group hearing your organization's "hold music."
  • If you can, mute your phone/microphone when you are not speaking. This will reduce background noise.
  • Listen on your speakerphone, but when speaking, please pick up the handset. You will be heard more clearly.
  • If you are listening on your computer speakers, please mute your microphone in GTM.
    (If your microphone picks up the sound of your speakers, it will produce an echo effect.)


9:00 - Welcome
9:05 - What's new on NM-IBIS? (Small Area query updates, YRRS and PRAMS queries, 2018 vital records data, new population estimates)

9:20 - Group Discussion:

NM-IBIS' Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)
Lois will report on follow-up items from last time and the final recommended list will be presented.
This will conclude our discussion of proposed changes to the list of Community Health Status Indicators.

Community Input on NM-IBIS Version 3.0
NMDOH would like your reactions to some proposed new features in the upcoming version of NM-IBIS.
  • Topic pages
  • Use of videos
  • Indicator report indexing/searching
  • Community report navigation
  • Map interactivity

9:55 - Wrap-up (announcements, suggestions for future agenda items, next call date, etc.)
(If people want to stay on the line for more discussion, the call can go to 10:30.)

Do you have ideas for agenda items? Please send them to:

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Future Meeting Dates

CHA Forum conference calls take place at 9:00 AM on the second Monday of the second month of each calendar quarter (except for November, which tends to fall on Veteran's day observance).

The next three meeting dates are:
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 (National Umbrella Day)
  • Monday, May 11, 2020 (National Eat What You Want Day)
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 (National Smores Day AND World Lion Day)

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Group Purpose

Community health assessment should be a collaborative process. In fact, one of the requirements for an accreditated public health department is to communicate on a regular basis with representatives from a variety of sectors to seek input on community health assessment needs.1

There is frequent communication between DOH staff (e.g., health promotion staff, regional epidemiologists, clinic staff) and community members, but there has not been a consistent and regular mechanism for communication with DOH on assessment topics, such as new data sources, assets, and resources, and the need for data analysis. The Community Health Assessment Forum (CHA Forum) is intended to provide such a mechanism.

CHA Forum purposes have been outlined as follows:

  • To provide community members with a means of regular communication with DOH on community health assessment issues.
  • To share information with community members about new and existing community health assessment resources.
  • To provide input to DOH on community assessment resources such as NM-IBIS, NM-Tracking, NMCDC, the State of Health Report, and others.
  • To assist in prioritizing DOH community health assessment activities.
Other Group Functions:
  • Provide tools and support for health improvement and addressing health problems - evidence-based practices
  • Provide information on resources - technical expertise, community resources, available training and organizations that can assist with health issues.
  • Information on evaluation of interventions.
  • Community input on DOH priorities in general, and the process for addressing them.


1. The Public Health Accreditation Standards, Version 1.5. Public Health Accreditation Board, December 2013.

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Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions.

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 Sat, 29 January 2022 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:39:47 MDT