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Presbyterian Health Plan Awards $180,000 To Community Organizations

Release Date:

January 6, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In recognition of its commitment to New Mexicans in need, Presbyterian Health Plan is awarding 13 organizations a total of $180,000.

“We are honored to support organizations that align so closely with Presbyterian’s mission to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve,” said Lisa Lujan, President, Presbyterian Health Plan. “From caring for the homeless to supporting people affected by mental illness, these organizations provide critical support for our community.”

Presbyterian supports organizations that focus on improving the health of underserved populations and promote healthy eating, active living and tobacco cessation, as well as those organizations that promote economic development that helps to reduce the number of uninsured people in our community.

Presbyterian Health Plan contributions from the 2014 budget include the following organizations:

  • $45,000 to Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, which provides comprehensive health and integrated supportive services for people experiencing homelessness.
  • $30,000 to A Park Above, a six-acre park designed for people of all ages and abilities, which is expected to open in late spring 2015 in Rio Rancho.
  • $25,000 to Mission Graduate, a cradle-to-career educational partnership, which plans to add 60,000 new college degrees and certificates to Central New Mexico by 2020.
  • $15,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Mexico (NAMI), which works to build better lives for people affected by mental illness. In New Mexico, NAMI raises awareness and provides free education, advocacy and support group programs.
  • $15,000 to the Street Food Institute for its Salud y Sabor project, which brings families together around healthy eating, arts and entertainment, and health education with free monthly gatherings. This collaborative project also includes the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Agri-Cultura Network.

Presbyterian Health Plan contributions are independent of the more than $200,000 provided to community organizations in 2014 by Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the parent organization of Presbyterian Health Plan.

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About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian has eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 10,000 employees.

Press Contact:

Amanda Schoenberg
Communication Specialist
E-mail: aschoenbe@phs.org 
505-923-6339

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