- Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is leading Health Neighborhoods Albuquerque, a collaboration by Albuquerque’s anchor institutions to create “Main Street” jobs by buying locally, hiring locally and supporting small business development in Albuquerque’s under-invested neighborhoods. As one of six such institutions spearheading the effort, the HSC commits to providing support for local business growth. The premise is that 50% or less of a person’s health or a community’s health relates to the health care. This enterprise helps to address the social determinants of health – factors like education, poverty, violence, diet and personal behaviors that influence the likelihood of developing some diseases.
- Bioscience Authority
The Bioscience Authority was created by the State of New Mexico in 2017 as a public-private partnership representing a collaborative among state government, research institutions, national laboratories and private industry in New Mexico. The authority aims to develop methods, programs and initiatives that stimulate investment in bioscience industries and provide additional employment opportunities for New Mexico residents.
HOPE is a collaborative effort between the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that is partnering with the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative with the principal goals of protecting our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico. Recognizing that the opioid crisis is a unique problem with an enormous reach, the HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components – (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning – and advocates a broad, multi-dimensional approach to the challenges it presents.
- BioVenture for Community Health
This program, under the UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center, provides opportunities for faculty, students and the community to learn about efforts in advancing the biotech sector in New Mexico. From training and education to mini-sabbaticals and network gatherings, BioVenture is providing new opportunities in a variety of ways, including bringing undergraduate and graduate students from both the HSC and UNM School of Engineering together in the Biodesign program. It also provides training in the development of intellectual property, licensing, small business start-ups and NIH grants.
- Economic Development
The Health Sciences Center, led by the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office, has a broad, multi-faceted approach to spurring economic growth in New Mexico. It comprises multiple initiatives including Healthy Neighborhoods, GrowBio, BioVenture for Community Health and the New Mexico Center for Health Care Workforce Analysis.