SILVER CITY, NM – New funding will support the creation of a statewide Food, Hunger and Agriculture (FHF) data infrastructure to address issues of compounded basic needs insecurity by COVID-19. The $80,000 grant was awarded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) as part of the organization’s ongoing work to connect information systems and share data across sectors.
The effort will be led by the New Mexico Data Collaborative (NMCDC), a program of the Center for Health Innovation, which is the state’s designated public health institute.
NMCDC Acting Director Emily McRae said the funding will allow the program to “host a central hub dedicated to food supply chain data in New Mexico.”
Mapping New Mexico’s food supply chain will allow residents to relocate infrastructure to better serve consumers, producers and outlets – and alleviate food insecurity. Mapping will connect the dots on how food travels from the farm to reach residents’ plates.
Local farmers can discover – through the supply chain mapping project – how to better connect to potential markets for their products, while consumers can locate markets closer to them or buy directly from farmers.
Infrastructure changes in the food distribution system can reduce travel time from agricultural produce to consumers – ensuring produce is fresher when it reaches consumers and lowering prices while saving on shipping costs. shipping, increasing overall quality and increasing equitable access to economic opportunities for small farms and minority farmers.
Restaurants and institutions, like school cafeterias and food banks, can connect directly with farmers to purchase healthy, locally grown foods while improving the quality of food served to diners, students, and at-risk populations. food insecurity.
“With expert guidance from representatives across multiple sectors of the food supply chain, we are identifying priority datasets and working to connect the dots between entities that have data and those that need it, to support and ‘improve the flow of food from producers to communities,’ said McRae.
The food supply chain mapping effort will include representatives from Food Depot, ESHIP Rio Grande, New Mexico Harvest, New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, New Mexico School Nutrition Association, and Farmington School Food Service Nutrition.
The NMCDC previously assisted in the creation of a supply chain ecosystem map with the Food Hunger and Farm (FHF) Council through the Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant. The resulting map shows the complex interrelationships between agricultural resources, producers, distributors and government agencies and is available at bit.ly/3sCyUmZ.
Historically disjointed data sharing between health care, public health, social services, and other sectors beyond health has impeded the coordination of equitable, community-based health improvement efforts.
DASH hopes the Prize will continue its grassroots support for multi-sector collaboration and data-sharing efforts and leverage these lessons to identify powerful opportunities for policy and system change. The LAPP initiative was developed with guidance from federal and state officials, leaders of community organizations, subject matter experts and community members.
The awards are part of DASH’s Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) program, conducted in partnership with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). The NMCDC is one of five communities to receive funding for COVID relief planning. Other award-winning efforts are in Nebraska led by Cyn Health, Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health innovation (ARCHI) in Georgia, San Juan County in Utah, and Connecticut Data Collaborative (CT DATA).
For more information, contact McRae at (575) 597-0023 or visit: nmcdc.maps.arcgis.com. To learn more about the initiative, visit DASHconnect.org/LAPP.
About the New Mexico Community Data Collective
Mapping health is what the New Mexico Community Collaborative (NMCDC) does. More than 200 partners provide and map public health information for New Mexicans to better understand, at a glance, the impact of public health on their lives. The collaborative shares maps and data with local organizations that promote community assessment, health in all policies, and participatory decision-making. Visit https://nmcdc.maps.arcgis.com.
About the Center for Health Innovation
As New Mexico’s designated public health institute, the Center for Health Innovation (CHI) focuses on improving community health for underserved and underrepresented populations in the state and beyond. CHI empowers groups and individuals at local, state and national levels to determine the future well-being of their communities through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies, strategies and models. Founded in 2015, CHI is headquartered in Silver City, with additional offices located throughout New Mexico. For more information, visit http://chi-phi.org/.