Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Play

Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.

Play

A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.

Play

Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Albuquerque "Anchor" Mantra: Hire Locally, Buy Locally

Play

Monday, September 25, 2017   

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque has been slow to recover from the 2008 recession but its anchor institutions are stepping up to improve the economy.

Anchors are typically local institutions large enough to weather the community's economic ups and downs.

The success of Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque collaboration with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center – is one of six institutions improving the well being of local families through economic and job growth.

Charles Rutheiser, a senior associate in The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Civic Sites and Community Change, says anchors usually are located in neighborhoods where decent paying jobs are lacking.

"Universities and hospitals are in many cases the biggest economic engines, the biggest employers in town,” he points out. “By creating programs that help connect residents in the community with job opportunities within these institutions, that can lead to improving the financial well being of families."

Albuquerque's Community Foundation and local anchor institutions are leading a "hire local and buy local" initiative.

Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque is modeled after a similar program in Cleveland, Ohio.

Randy Royster, president of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, says healthy neighborhoods need more than great schools or an exceptional hospital – they also need local businesses to have their back.

He says for example, Albuquerque's South Valley farming community needs to be supported to grow more farmers who can then grow more vegetables.

"How can we build the supply and then have hospitals and school systems initially commit to buying the locally produced, organic produce from those farms?" he raises.

Royster says Albuquerque Healthy Neighborhoods is also creating training programs to prepare people for open jobs at anchor institutions.

In addition to UNM's Health Sciences Center, other institutions involved in the project include the Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque Public Schools, First Choice Community Healthcare and the City of Albuquerque.




get more stories like this via email

Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …


Environment

Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …


According to The Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation, 3,514 men and one woman have won the Medal of Honor in service of their country from the Civil War to the present day. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

A report published in late February says children of mothers who are abused or neglected were more likely to demonstrate symptoms and behaviors linked to depression, along with other health issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…

Environment

One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021