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Why are Community Partnerships So Important?

At Southwest Care Center, we know that community partnerships are crucial to our ability to serve patients and help widen the circle of health in our community. As a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQHC), we strive to give everyone access to our high-quality healthcare and whole-person medicine. We believe that healthcare is a right and that everyone benefits when we partner together to improve the health of individuals and of the community at large.

In the spirit of this belief, we have a Community Engagement Department which reaches out to nonprofits, city, state and county government, foundations, community groups and for-profit businesses to create strong reciprocal relationships.

Because we make relationships and partnerships a priority and look beyond our four walls for solutions, we extend our ability to positively affect the lives of our patients and the whole community. By knowing what the community needs and delivering it, as well as actively seeking out partnerships in the community that can benefit our patients, we deliver services and support in ways that other organizations cannot.

Our Valued and Preferred Partners:

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  1. Santa Fe Fire Department & SF City Human Services Department
    1. MIHO & CONNECT Programs
      1. SCC provides the time of a pharmacist and a doctor for the Santa Fe Fire Dept. CONNECT program. The CONNECT program provides intensive mobile navigation services to high utilizers of 911.
      2. SF City pays for a portion of the above services through its Health and Human Services grants.
      3. SCC is also funding “Montauk,” SFFD’s first service dog
  2. Brindle Foundation & National Reach Out and Read (ROR)
    1. Reach Out and Read
      1. Brindle Foundation is funding this program for SCC. ROR is a national program that provides patient education and books to parents of young children.
  3. Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance
    1. Trauma Informed Service Training
      1. The facilitator of the SFBHA is providing training to SCC’s full staff to make us a more trauma-informed provider. To date, 35 staff have been trained and areas for improvement identified so that SCC can be sensitive to the needs of those who have experienced trauma.
  4. University of New Mexico (UNM)
    1. Academic Detailing
      1. UNM gave free training, support and information on best practices to our providers and staff around appropriate prescriber behavior for non-cancer patients with chronic pain. Five hours of CME have been completed.
  5. Espanola Animal Shelter (EAS)
    1. Sponsorship and Collaboration on Events
      1. SCC sponsors Espanola Animal Shelter to do its essential work, and both entities collaborate on events including EAS, bringing animals to “Walk with A Doc,” SCC’s community walking initiative.
  6. Santa Fe Prevention Alliance
    1. Patient Education Materials on Use of Opiates
      1. SCC and SFPA have worked collaboratively to produce 2 posters offering opiate education messages that will be hung in SCC clinics and pharmacy, with the hopes that other medical providers around the state will also hang these posters.
  7. Girl’s Inc
    1. Cross referrals and promotion
  8. Santa Fe Mountain Center & Santa Fe Recovery Center
    1. Needle exchange & testing
  9. Santa Fe Interfaith Shelter
    1. Medical support & Volunteering
      1. Nursing and testing support for HIV, HCV and wound care on-site for drop-in and overnight shelter guests
      2. SCC staff prepares a meal to feed 100+ shelter guests at the holidays.
  10. Railyard Urgent Care
    1. Cross Referrals
      1. SCC and Railyard Urgent Care (RUC) seek to close gaps in service for their patients and the community by referring patients to RUC for needed urgent care services and giving RUC patients who lack primary care the option of using SCC for these services.
  11. Santa Fe County
    1. Advisory Council for Accountable Health Community (AHC) Initiative
      1. SCC provides input on AHC planning and implementation, including assistance with efforts to coordinate and collect data from SF County-funded navigators who assess and respond to the social determinants of health.
      2. Technical assistance is also given by SCC to SF County on the development of the new Crisis and Assessment Center.
  12. Multi-partner Walking Initiative
    1. Community Health Walking Initiative
      1. SCC partnered with the following entities to provide free doctor-led walks for the community. DOH, Parks and Rec, SF City, SF Conservation Trust, Railyard Parks Conservancy, CHRISTUS St. Vincent, La Familia, Presbyterian Medical Services. Over 100 people attended SCC’s 6 walks this past Summer and took a first step toward health!
  13. Community Meetings We Participate In:
    • Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, Santa Fe Opiate Safe, SF County Health Planning and Policy Committee, Advisory Panel for Santa Fe Safe and many others.

For questions about these partnership and/or ideas about other possible partnerships please email info@southwestcare.org


Helping to Support Our Community

In 2018, SCC provided a financial donation to the following crucial community partners:

  • Alzheimer’s Association (NM Chapter)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Camp Corazon
  • Casa Q
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Closet Cinema
  • Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families
  • Food Depot
  • Gay Rodeo Association
  • Gerrard’s House
  • Gonzales Community School
  • Make a Wish Foundation of NM
  • National Latino BH Association
  • NM Community AIDS Partnership
  • Pecos Valley Medical Center
  • Planned Parenthood of NM
  • Resolve
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Santa Fe Conservation Trust
  • Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association
  • UNM Office of Continuing Medical Education
  • Villa Therese Catholic Clinic
  • Young American Football League
  • Wood Gormley Parent Teacher Club