Team Profile Summary

Policy decisions made in the past have left too many of our residents living in communities that offer few resources. Not only do poor communities and communities of color experience higher crime rates and environmental exposures than others, people in these communities have fewer opportunities for quality education and meaningful work.  In turn, stressors arising from where we live can negatively impact health. The Bernalillo County Place Matters Team is committed to decreasing inequalities and to achieving better health for all residents.

Team Profile Details

Problem Statement

The Bernalillo County Place Matters team advocates for sound land-use, environmental, and social policies that provide equal opportunities for safe, clean and healthy neighborhoods and provides guidance to resolve the geographic disproportionate environmental burdens on the people of color, working poor, low-income and vulnerable communities of Bernalillo County.

Team Objectives

1. Educate policy makers and communities about the influence of neighborhood conditions on health;
2. Offer information to promote policy change for healthy neighborhoods;
3. Evaluate the consequences of policies, projects and plans and gives that information to policymakers so they can use it to make wise decisions for the community;
4. Advocate for policies that lessen the poor health outcomes experienced by members of our communities as a consequence of stress from environmental and social conditions.

Community Partners: (in alphabetical order)

For more information and to become involved, please contact:

Jacque Garcia, Bernalillo County PLACE MATTERS Coordinator


Phone: (505) 244-9505 ext. 102