"A community working in cooperation to ensure the health and well being of all its residents."
"To promote community collaboration through framework of coordination, assessment and solutions."
History of Council
The Community Wellness Council originated in 1993 as the Valencia County Coalition for Families, Children and Community (VCC-FCC), and was “…dedicated to helping build better futures for children and families in Valencia County.” The Valencia Maternal Child Health (MCH) Council served in an advisory capacity to the VCC-FCC. In 1999 the VCC-FCC was reorganized as the Valencia Community Partnership, transitioning from a service organization to a focused health assessment and planning organization.
In 2010 the council once again reorganized to become the Community Wellness Council with the mission to promote community collaboration through a framework of coordination, assessment and solutions. Through its many transitions and iterations the Council has retained its 501©3 status and an active and dedicated leadership team passionate about community wellness, health and safety. In addition, the Community Wellness Council continues to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils
which includes Tribal partners.
The Council focuses its work on a wide variety of issues including: wellness, health equity, injury prevention, and health promotion. On-going council-sponsored assessments will provide county stakeholders and other residents with data on both community problems and how collaboration and cooperation are addressing effectively addressing them.
Priorities & Partnerships
The Council is working to become an information hub in which a framework is used to assess the on-going needs in Valencia County, and by meeting identified needs through the promotion of collaboration between agencies, coalitions, and action groups. Our partnering agencies and organizations include local coalitions, governmental bodies, schools, non profit organizations, civic groups, and service agencies. The Council is currently conducting an assessment
of the diverse community groups that are active in the county.
1) Prevention and Treatment of substance abuse and the problems/harms associated with substance use.
2) Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences and create other resources that positively impact the health, wellness, safety and lives of those who live, work and visit Valencia County
3) Increasing access to healthcare and effective mental healthcare.
Community Wellness Council Coordinator Noelle Chavez was recently contracted to support
the board in outreach, organization and grant research and management. Mrs.
Chavez earned a BAS in Criminal Justice from NSMU and a MS in Psychology from
the University of Phoenix. She is the Continuum Coordinator for the Valencia
County Juvenile Justice Board and Co-Owner of H2 Academic Solutions in Belen.
She is the secretary for the Hub City Lions; and an advisor, grant writer and
strategic planner for the H2 Academic Solutions Scholarship Fund. She has worked with youth in a variety of
capacities for over ten years and looks forward to serving all of Valencia County's populations.