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Community Health Assessment Forum

The Community Health Assessment Forum is an open forum for discussion of New Mexico community health assessment topics. The group holds quarterly web meetings/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, February 13, 2017. 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM.

Meeting Access

Dial-in: +1 (408) 650-3123

Meeting ID/Access Code: 996-229-005

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."
  • Do, however, 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.


9:00 - Welcome
9:05 - What's New on NM-IBIS? Results of NM-IBIS user group survey.
9:20 - Discussion: Results of the NM-IBIS User's Survey
9:40 - Questions and discussion
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

CHAF conference calls take place at 9:00 AM on the second Monday of the second month of each calendar quarter.

The next four meeting dates are:
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, February 12, 2018

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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 (CHAF) is intended to provide such a mechanism.

CHAF 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 if you have questions, or suggestions for additions or improvements to this web page or the NM-IBIS website.

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Content updated: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:57:21 MST