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Artist Nanibah Chacon (left), Diné and Chicana, and her apprentice, Lynnette Haozous (right), spent 10 days painting the Indigenous mural "Connected Pathways," (below), in Tulsa, Oklahoma next to the Indian Health Care Resource Center.

"I wanted to paint what I missed - inclusivity, community, rituals, gathering, interaction, ceremonies, powwows, even just being out, walking somewhere. The idea of walking and powwows turned to women in Tulsa who would send me their moccasins to use in my design." She collaborated with Post Traditional Collective PostTraditional Indigenous Arts which supplied its moccasins and leggings for reference.

"An important element to this mural was that each moccasin design was inspired by an actual pair owned by women in Tulsa," she said. "For me, this is the element of this work that is most essential. Connecting with community on concepts and ideas, but also physically so they are reflected in the work.”

Indigenous peoples often find it difficult to access appropriate mainstream primary health care services. Securing access to primary health care services requires more than just services that are situated within easy reach. Ensuring the accessibility of health care for Indigenous peoples who are often faced with a vast array of additional barriers including experiences of discrimination and racism, can be complex (Source:https://bit.ly/3lcknLE; "Access to primary health care services for Indigenous peoples: A framework synthesis," 2016).

Nanibah's mural not only serves as art for the public. She says,"...the representation (mural) was glad to be seen, finally, in Tulsa." Read more: https://bit.ly/2VgADAk

Image courtesy of Indian Country Today

"Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane because it often results in physical death." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Artist Nanibah Chacon (left), Diné and Chicana, and Lynnette Haozous (right), painted "Connected Pathways," (below), in Tulsa, Oklahoma next to the Indian Health Care Resource Center https://bit.ly/2VgADAk

Image courtesy of @IndianCountry
#HumanRights365 #HealthEquityMatters

"If you're looking for rental or utility assistance after experiencing hardship because of the pandemic, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program wants to help." #EndHomelessness https://bit.ly/3i8hJVa

"I’m still living through the worst of [the pandemic]. It’s difficult. And I’m scared I’m going to live through it again,” says Gerson Portillo.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/23/dmv-homeless-pandemic-evictions/

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Homelessness will make you sick and can kill you.

The statistics are grim. In the City of Albuquerque, a minimum of 1,318 people reported experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2017 per the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness Point-In-Time Count, and per Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) and community best estimates, at least 16,000 persons – approximately 2.3% of Bernalillo County residents – will experience homelessness during the year.

When people experience homelessness

access to adequate health care can mean the difference between getting back on your feet, getting sicker, or even dying.  AHCH believes health care is a human right and that all people are entitled to health care. We serve people in many stages of homelessness including those living in cars or motels, couch surfing, on the street, in shelters and in transitional housing. Having access to a doctor and medical care to take care of chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain, is essential.

For over three decades, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. AHCH provides critical services to over 7,000 men, women and children every year. By addressing the health-related causes of homelessness, AHCH makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.

many of the people we serve at Health Care for the Homeless are children

MISSION & VISION

Mission

Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Vision

To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.