Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Improving Access to Health Services and Resources

Nov 22, 2022 10:40 AM ET

Originally published in Quest Diagnostics' Quest for Health Equity 2021 In Revi…

Addressing social determinants of health and improving access to health services and resources

Bridge to Health

Founded by Q4HE, Bridge to Health is a community program that aims to make better health more accessible to underserved communities in New Mexico. The program helps empower people through partnerships, education, and community engagement. In addition to improving access to wellness testing and health screenings, Bridge to Health serves as a connector between community members and local resources, bringing together a wide range of organizations that each provide unique insight and access to vital services. In 2021, Bridge to Health engaged more than 100 community partners throughout New Mexico.

Bridge to Health works to help close gaps in important resources through health and wellness events that serve as onestop shops for families. Here they can receive free routine diagnostic testing, health screenings, and additional resources and services provided by community partners. The program’s online community resource directory at connects individuals to organizations offering housing assistance, food and nutrition programs, transportation, and more. Bridge to Health’s first 2 events in Las Cruces and Albuquerque brought together a wide range of organizations providing access to vital services, including dental and vision screenings, health insurance enrollment, COVID-19 vaccinations, and Blueprint for Wellness health screenings. 

“Too many communities across New Mexico lack access to essential resources like healthcare, affordable food, and safe housing. Making healthcare services available to all New Mexicans is a critical first step to improving lives and investing in the future of our communities.”

– Donna Sauter ICAN Director, New Mexico State University

“St. Paul’s is happy to support this important event for the community as an extension of our ministry to Las Cruces. We hope the community will take advantage of this outstanding opportunity and the Bridge to Health program.”

– Greg Kennedy Pastor, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Las Cruces, NM

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