History of the Sandoval County Health Council (SCHC)
The Sandoval County Family Health Advisory Council (FHAC) was established by the County Commissioners in 1991, in response to passage of the New Mexico Maternal and Child Health Plan. The FHAC was comprised of Sandoval County health and social service providers whose purpose was to coordinate maternal and child service delivery for county residents.
Recognizing that health issues of mothers and children need to be addressed within the context of healthy communities, FHAC members recommended in 2000 that the Sandoval County Commissioners establish a broad-based Community Health Alliance. In September 2001, the Commissioners established the Sandoval County Health Alliance.
Following a two-year period of loss and of state funding, the Sandoval County Health Council (SCHC) was reestablished by the Commission in June of 2013.
The SCHC is fortunate to have 15 health care provider and consumer representatives drawn from throughout Sandoval County. These representatives play a vital role in communicating the needs of their constituencies and promoting council information and activities. The SCHC provides for cross-fertilization of issues and ideas between organizations that might otherwise not have the opportunity to work together.
The broad-based nature of the council provides an ideal forum for introducing and implementing environmental strategies that impact community norms, laws, policies, regulations, enforcement, community awareness and media efforts, and require input and collaboration from many community partners.
Past Successes of the Sandoval County Health Council
The SCHC has been successful in advocating for services that contribute to the health and quality of life of Sandoval County residents. Among the successes are: