THE MISSION of the Health Council is to enhance the quality of life in Grant County, New Mexico, through assessment of needs, planning and prioritizing, and coordinating of efforts to meet those needs.
THE VISION of the Health Council is to attain measurable and sustainable improvement of health for all community members. We envision a diverse, active and competent Health Council that serves as a catalyst and resource for improving quality of life in Grant County.
By sponsoring working groups and core teams dedicated to achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan, the Health Council uses its energy to meet issues head on. The working groups focus on measurable and sustainable improvement of health status for all community members. The core teams address cross cutting issues: community safety, behavioral health, economic development, fitness and nutrition, and resilient families.
The GCCHC has set these Top Priorities for 2016:
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The Health Council meets quarterly in the Grant County Administrative Complex, 1400 Hwy 180 East. The minutes are posted once the Health Council approves them at the following meeting.
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Ratified May 2010
The name of this unincorporated entity shall be the Grant County Community Health Council.
Our City Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Grant County through assessment of needs, planning and prioritizing, and coordination of efforts to meet those needs.
Our Vision: We envision measurable and sustainable improvement of health for all community members. We envision a diverse, pro-active and competent Health Council that serves as a catalyst and resource for improved quality of life in Grant County.
Consistent with the County Maternal and Child Health Plan Act [24-1B-1 to 24-1B-7 NMSA 1978], the following definitions apply to these Articles:
In addition, for the purposes of these Articles:
In furtherance of the purposes described above, and consistent with Section 5 of the Act, the Council shall have the authority to collect and disseminate statistics and other information, to conduct assessments and assets inventories, and to make recommendations to the Board. In addition, Section 5, Part A of the Act requires the Council to develop and approve community health improvement plan before such plan may be submitted by the Board to the Department for approval.
The council shall perform the following functions:
There shall be no more than 30 members of the Council.
Consistent with Section 4, Part A of the Act, the Board shall appoint to the Council members of the community who represent a broad spectrum of interests. Unless otherwise established by the Board, Council members shall serve terms as follows:
The only officers shall be two co-chairs. At the organizational meeting, two co-chairs shall be elected from the membership of the Council, one for a one-year term and the other for a two-year term. At each subsequent annual meeting, one co-chair shall be elected for a term of two years and shall assume office upon election and serve until a successor is elected and qualified. The Council may, upon two-thirds majority vote, relieve any or all officers of their duties for reasons of misconduct, malfeasance, and/or other circumstances it finds to be detrimental to its mission and goals.
The Council shall meet monthly via the general council or the Steering Committee and at the call of the officers. Notices of meetings will be sent to members of the Council by Staff at the direction of Council officers. All meetings of the Council are public meetings and shall follow Roberts Rules of Order.
At each meeting the time and place of the next meeting shall be set. Special meetings of the Council shall be held when called by the officers or at the request of a simple majority of Council members. Notice of each special meeting shall be given by mail, email, fax and/or telephone, with a minimum prior notice of 24 hours.
A simple majority of the Council, including Proxies, constitutes a quorum. If a quorum is not present at a meeting, the presiding officer(s) may adjourn and reschedule the meeting, or declare it a committee meeting, and make recommendations to the Council.
The approval of a simple majority of the members attending a meeting at which a quorum is present is needed to pass all motions, with the exception of Amendments to these Articles, per Article IX, below. Every member of the Council is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are allowed, if the Council-approved Proxy Form is used.
Any member who has a direct financial interest in the outcome of any council decision, or who has an immediate family member with such an interest, shall refrain from voting on that decision. This shall also be true for any member who perceives that voting on a motion creates an ethical dilemma.
The Grant County Community Health Council is organized and operates exclusively for the above-stated purposes. It shall operate at all times in a manner consistent with the Act.
Amendments To Articles
These Articles may be altered, amended or repealed in whole or in part as long as they are in compliance with the Act, by a three-quarters vote of the council members present at any regular or special meeting at which a quorum is present, provided that:
The Council, by a three-quarters vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting at which a quorum is present, may recommend its own dissolution to the Board at such time as it deems its functions no longer to be relevant or when, for any other reason, it deems its own dissolution to be in the best interest of the health, well-being, and quality of life of Grant County residents.
Upon the dissolution of the Council, any real or personal property of the Council shall be bequested to the Department, provided the aforementioned property was purchased with Maternal and Child Health funds.
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Steering Committee: This committee directs the Health Council's various endeavors, like a captain steering from the helm of a ship, hence the committee's name. They ensure our activities reflect and support the Community Health Priorities set by the council. They offer budget oversight, supervise personnel, set meeting agendas and keep appraised of the efforts of the numerous community groups working with and for the Health Council.
Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) Committee: The Freeport-McMoRan and Health Council's Community Enhancement Fund Committee meets quarterly to review applications. They award funds for speakers and training programs for the community that otherwise would not be able to access them due to the cost. By bringing events to Grant County, it increases the number of organizations and community members able to participate. This fund allows the opportunity for people in Grant County to experience training events as a community, rather than as separate agencies. The committee awards tens of thousands of dollars a year to fund to various community groups while overseeing the budget, reports and outcomes from the grantees efforts. Currently, the CEF has over $100,000 available.
Membership Committee: This committee identifies and recruits new Health Council members, while ensuring continued participation from the current membership. They review meeting attendance, identify sectors in need of representation, insure the Health Council reflects the diversity of our community, and plan the annual picnic/banquet for members.
Plan and Profile Committee: Who compiles all the data and statistics available on Grant County into one cohesive document grant writers use to bring millions of dollars into our area? This committee does that, and more. They oversee the vital community assessment, when residents have a chance to give their input into the needs and concerns facing our community. The Committee refines the assessment and other collected statistical information so the Health Council can easily review it and set the Community Health Priorities. Once the priorities are set, this committee drafts the necessary plans and goals, with the community, to better the quality of life in Grant County.
By-Laws/Policy Committee: This committee reviews the Health Council's by-laws to ensure their relevancy and our adherence to them. They also set policies needed so the Health Council can run like the well oiled machine it is. They also suggest policies needed so the Health Council can maintain its neutrality in the community.
Forum Committee: When the County Commission requests or community issues degree, this committee response by bring the central players together to address the community and see the issue is resolved through a coordinated and collaborative efforts. Highlights of this committee include: the Ft. Bayard Hospital Forum, the Septic Forum, and Workforce Solutions Forum
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The Grant County Community Health Council is composed of 30 members, each member is an innovated leader in their sector of the community. View the Health Council By-Laws. The Health Council meets quarterly on the third Monday of the month at 3 - 5 p.m. in the Grant County Administration Building's Commissioner Board Room, located at 1400 Hwy 180 East, Silver City, NM. Our upcoming meetings for 2015 are scheduled for: April 20, July 20 and September 21.
As the Health and Wellness Planning Authority for for Grant County, the Health Council uses their combined political clout and extensive network of community contacts to funnel volunteer efforts and grant money to projects the community is in need of most.
The members are appointed by the Grant County Commission. The Health Council meets quarterly. Click here for Health Council minutes.
Seven Health Council members, including the Chair and Vice Chair, serve on the Steering Committee that meets monthly to review goals, develop agendas and recommendations for the Health Council meetings. Click here to learn more about the Health Council's various committees.
See what the Health Council has been doing in our yearly newsletter: What a Year!
The GCCHC has championed many causes in the community including:
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