As an independent nonprofit, Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI) is highly innovative and adaptable, which is not always the case with government agencies or universities. CHI is uniquely situated to engage a broad range of stakeholders, from grassroots non-profits to government agencies, in discussion and action to make communities healthier. Recent convening of innovators include:
- Convened a 2007 health care Workforce Summit with another New Mexico Workforce Summit planned for 2016.
- Brought together the University of New Mexico and Western New Mexico University to identify topics for collaboration, resulting in a Memorandum of Agreement in 2014.
- Facilitated discussions with New Mexico State University, Memorial Medical Center and La Clinica de la Familia regarding physician residency training.
- Initiated and facilitated monthly convening of the Southwest NM Regional Food Policy Council, and assisted the Council in identifying key priorities and resources.
- Facilitated discussions between the University of New Mexico, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Mexico, Molina Health Care and the NM Human Services Department to develop a patient support service delivery system and financing model.
- Met with national and New Mexico philanthropic innovators to discuss innovative approaches to hunger, inequality, health disparities and other complex social issues.
- Met with leaders and advocates of the nonprofit sector to develop strategies that encourage and inspire greater collaboration between the public, private and nonprofit sectors and to advance recognition of the social and economic value of nonprofits in New Mexico.