...was formed 25 years ago, in 1998, to address Medicaid Managed Care’s affect on recipients in McKinley County, New Mexico. In July 2004, MCHA and the McKinley County Maternal Child Health Council merged. As the Counties Health Council, MCHA’s focus and definition of “health” has broadened immensely since its formation and believes that the health priorities/concerns of McKinley are best addressed collaboratively with the community.
Therefore, it is MCHA’s mission to affect and facilitate change in systems that perpetuate health, education, economic and environmental inequities by engaging individuals and agencies to understand and address the underlying “root” causes of poverty/income inequity, institutional racism and multi-generational trauma.
Primarily, the MCHA serves as a hub in the McKinley Community for multi-disciplinary/cross-sector collaboration among its membership as well as an initial point of access to information and/or engagement in community driven health priorities/concerns. It is important that we emphasis the word Community in our name as we realize that neighboring communities outside McKinley County lines factor into the MCHA’s overall geographic focus.
Established as an open non-hierarchical participatory advocacy organization the MCHA is a working partnership of more than 100 diverse community members including; community advocates, cross sector agency stakeholders, health & human service providers/workers, non-profit organizers, county, tribal, and other entities throughout the McKinley Community.