Our Mission & Vision

Mission: We will promote, create, and support healthy communities.

Vision: Sandoval County communities support individuals and families to lead satisfying and productive lives.

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.

Council History

The Sandoval County Family Health Advisory Council was established by the County Commissioners in 1991. Then, in September 2001, the Commissioners established the Sandoval County Health Alliance. Following a two-year period with the loss of state funding, the Sandoval County Health Council (SCHC) was established by the Commission in June of 2013.

What We Do

The SCHC facilitates communication and collaboration among providers and consumers in Sandoval County with special emphasis on extending services to the rural areas of the County. SCHC also communicates and coordinates with Native American communities in the county to determine how the council can assist in meeting the unique health needs within those communities.

The SCHC works with the three hospitals that serve Sandoval County with two goals in mind: to coordinate with County health providers to assure effective admission and discharge planning, and to engage the hospitals in equitable extension of their services throughout the County. The SCHC also performs periodic assessments of the health needs within the county. These results are summarized in a yearly report to the county commission and the public. Based upon these assessments, the SCHC develops and promote a community health improvement plan. The plan supports both improved access to and quality of health care services, as well promotes healthy lifestyle choices by county residents.

The Council

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.

Name Term ExpiresAgencyRole
Adesso, Rick 06/30/21El Pueblo Heath ServicesExecutive Director
Avila, Ashley06/30/20United Health GroupTribal Liaison
Allena, Thom06/30/21Thom Allena AssociatesManaging Partner and Community Org Psychologist
Brasher, Lester06/30/21Valle del SolClinical Director
Butcher, Barbara06/30/21State Dept of HealthNurse Supervisor
Coburn, Angela06/30/20Pres Medical ServicesCentral Regional Director
Demarest, Pam 06/30/20UNM SRMCChief Nursing Officer
Draper, Richard06/30/20Health CollaborativeConsultant
Garvin, Lynda06/30/20NMSUAg Agent/Asst. Professor
Johnstone, R.E. Gene06/30/21Retired UNMHSCSocial Worker
Martin, Jan06/30/21UNM College of NursingAssistant Professor
McKinney, Courtney06/30/21SRMCConsultant
Ortiz, Theresa06/30/20Santa Ana PuebloHealth Services Director
Savilla, Philip06/30/21Retired State Tribal LiaisonTribal Liaison
White, Morris06/30/21Health and Fitness Co.Founder / Consultant

Meetings & Agendas

The Sandoval County Health Council meets on the following dates and times, and at the following locations:

2020 Meeting Dates & Agendas

2019 Meeting Dates & Agendas

  • March 13, 2019 (Held at:UNM West)
  • June 12, 2019 (Held at: Cuba Fairgrounds)
  • July 31, 2019 (Held at: County Administration Building, 2nd Floor Training Room) 
  • September 11, 2019 (Held at: Sandoval County Health Commons)
  • December 11, 2019 (Held at: Bernalillo Senior Center)

*Committee Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month excluding the months with regular meetings scheduled.

Council Resources