University of New Mexico


The University of New Mexico (UNM) Office of Community Health partners with Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI) on many fronts, to develop, evaluate and disseminate research-based and promising practices to improve healthcare quality, outcomes and costs. Current programs include:

  • Expanding the roles of Community Health Workers in Care Coordination and Community Health;
  • Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) – linking community health needs with resources at UNM;
  • HERO TRaILs – accelerating the dissemination of evidence based practices for chronic pain management;
  • EvidenceNOW – Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care.

In addition, CHI’s FORWARD NM Program works with the UNM Family Medicine Residency and Physician’s Assistant programs to provide rural clinical rotation experiences in southwest New Mexico. Learners in these programs experience rural medical practice firsthand, working in a variety of health care settings throughout their month-long rotations.

The UNM Office for Diversity also partners with CHI’s FORWARD NM Program and Western New Mexico University to host three summer academies:

  • SMASH Academy (Summer, Math and Science & Healthcare) for incoming 9th grade students;
  • Health Careers Academy for incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students;
  • MCAT+ academy (Medical College Admissions Test) prep for prospective medical students.