The Center for Health Innovations is a division of Hidalgo Medical Services for developing and implementing strategies and models to improve health and quality of life.


In Community and Program Development, the staff empowers communities to improve health equity and wel--being through community assessments, strategic planning and addressing key areas that impact the quality of life. Initiative include patient and community health support systems; Hidalgo County Food Coalition and Southwest New Mexico Food Policy Council; REACH Su Comunidad, a CDC-funded program that addresses health disparities experienced by Hispanics/Latinos; and HERO Trails, a partnership between the National Center for Frontier Communities, managed by HMS-CHI and the University of New Mexico. The program aims to accelerate the dissemination of evidence-based practices for chronic pain management. 

A program for healthcare workforce development is called FORWARD NM (Pathways to health careers), which enhances  access to quality health care in medically underserved communities by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals.

In resource development, HMS-CHI cultivates programs and partnerships in order to secure resources that support the mission and programs of HMS and its partners. 

HMC-CHI also collects, analyzes, evaluates and reports data in order to identify policy, systems and environmental priorities, community needs, trakc improvement and measure outcomes of HMS and partner programs.

The agency also provides support to non-profit organizations with a health and/or social service focus. HMS-CHI is contracted to provide such services to NM Primary Care Training Consortiru, National Center for Frontier Communities and National REACH Coalition.

HMS-CHI is a planning, resource, program and policy development institute.

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