PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Center for Health Innovation

The Center for Health Innovation(CHI) is a nonprofit organization designated the New Mexico Public Health Institute by the National Network of Public Health Institutes. With field offices throughout the state, CHI is an important RALI New Mexico partner. Since 2010, CHI has been working to improve the state’s quality of life, health status and equity through innovative program creation and policy change.


CHI provides an array of services, including:

  • Health policy development, implementation, and evaluation

  • Training and technical assistance

  • Research and evaluation

  • Convening and partnering


CHI focuses on prevention of substance misuse and leads several county coalitions which focus on the core elements of RALI New Mexico’s mission including awareness of the risks of substance misuse, prevention education and safe mediation disposal.


Specific programs include:

  • Prevention and Community Collaboration Department, which includes the Coalition Against Teens using Substances (CATS) in Luna County; Unified Prevention Coalition for Doña Ana County; and Youth Substance Awareness and Prevention Coalition of Grant County,

  • New Mexico Community Data Collaborative,

  • Rural Communities Opioid Response Program,

  • The New Mexico State University Pre-Pharmacy Society which worked to survey Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery resources in Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna Counties.


Even prior to COVID-19, CHI worked to makes its resources accessible online to increase access by the public. Recently, CHI’s Prevention and Community Collaboration Department hosted a weekly bi-lingual series called Prevention LIVE! which shared information on how to create a healthier and safer environment for youth.


Follow CHI’s current efforts on Facebook.