New Mexico Public Health Institute (NewMexPHI)

NewMexPHI Vision:

Health equity is achieved. Social and health issues continue to be prioritized through evidence, policy, civic engagement and social justice.

NewMexPHI Mission:

To challenge the status quo by creating an environment in which social and health conditions allow individuals, families and communities to thrive.

What is a Public Health Institute?

Public health institutes (PHIs) are: nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing public health practice and making systemic improvements in population health. Public health institutes drive the kind of improvements that impact the health outcomes of groups (as opposed to just individuals) and help all people to access the conditions and resources they need to live healthy, happy lives. NewMexPHI is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.

Why a Public Health Institute is needed in New Mexico?

With organizational and technical support from the NMPHI, partners, communities and other initiatives will be better equipped to collect and use public health data, implement and monitor evidence-based public health programs, and, ultimately, save lives and money.

What We Do

  • Build unique partnerships
  • Support policy and systems change
  • Leverage resources and partners
  • Promote informed and shared decision making
  • Provide evidence based and timely health information
  • Increase focus on intersectoral work to address social inequities and economic disparities.

How We Do It

  • Health policy and policy analysis through an equity lens: Equity in Policy Institute

NMPHI is partnering with the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health and College of Population Health along with the RWJF Center for Health Policy, Con Alma Health Foundation, Dine Centered Evaluation and Research Collaborative, NM Health Equity Partnership, NM Voices for Children and Families, state and local governments and other intersectional partners to launch the first “Equity in Policy Institute”.  The institute brings together grass roots leaders with students, researchers and policy makers to use data for action with a focus on racial and geographic health and social equity for children and families in New Mexico.

  • Health Informatics and Data Commons: Access to Accurate and Timely Data

The NM Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) has built an extensive collection of shared databases including NM DOH population health measures, resources, and outcomes. NMCDC will provide direct access and use of this data commons to the partners and participants in the regional forums. The NMCDC data and other tools will be used as a basis for participants to analyze and understand the issues that impact their communities.

  • Gap Analysis of existing Needs Assessments: Determine resources/assets and needs/gaps

Complete a “mega-analysis” of existing needs assessments that focus on public health or population health systems in NM to inform us about further potential functions of NewMexPHI. What trends or developments are taking place? What type of system level activities are occurring (policy, government, regulatory, economic, reimbursement, technology, social)?

  • Stakeholder convening and facilitation

Provide the opportunity for rural and frontier New Mexicans to begin transforming the behavioral and population health systems to meet local needs and resources. We will invite and engage community members from multiple fields or interests to develop a roadmap for improving behavioral and population health.

Click here to download our NewMexPHI information card                Click here to download our 2-page NewMexPHI fact sheet

Our Team

Click here to see our diverse team of leaders from throughout the state dedicated to the success of NewMexPHI.

Our Staff

Alisha Herrick, NewMexPHI Coordinator

Alisha Herrick settled in Silver City, New Mexico in 2012. Prior to that, she lived throughout the US and Central America. She studied cultural anthropology and public health, earning degrees in each. She has served in the following capacities: Peace Corps volunteer, migrant health manager, and bilingual health educator, all the while gaining the experience to view issues with an equity lens.

Passionate about improving equity and quality of life for the underserved, relocating to the rural, border region of New Mexico seemed like the next natural move. She provides training, facilitation and instructional design for local and statewide partners. She has also served as the Academic Detailer for a pain management intervention, providing up-to-date, evidence based information and custom resources to healthcare providers.

Alisha has been a part of the New Mexico Public Health Institute leadership team since its inception and continues to challenge the status quo by creating an environment in which social and health conditions allow individuals, families and communities to thrive.

For more information, contact Alisha Herrick at (575) 597-0031 or email:

Funded in part by the The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit