Welcome to the New Mexico Health Equity Learning Center

The New Mexico Department of Health Office of Health Equity has hosted this website for many years to provide opportunities to learn more about cultural implications to health and will continue provide trainings and resources to that end. Health equity, as a topic, is much broader than just cross-cultural communication and there are many other facets of health equity in New Mexico that are important and benefit from have training opportunities. We are changing the name to reflect the move to broaden but maintain culture as a key health equity strategy. Please explore the links and resources throughout the site to help understand and address health equity not just through a cross-cultural lens, but across a spectrum of social determinants of health and other principles. This change will be reflected over the next year and we invite you to come back from time to time as new approaches and tools evolve.

Free continuing education credits will be available soon, but due to staff changes are currently not offered

Participants who complete both CLAS I & CLAS II may earn 3 CEUs approved by NASW-NM, 3 CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners Public Health, or 3 Community Health Worker CEUs approved by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers.

Participants who complete both Health Disparities Affecting Sexual and Gender Minorities and Increasing Health Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities in the LBTBQ-Health and Advocacy Module can earn 2 cultural continuing education credits (CEUs) approved  by NM-NASW, 2 CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners Public Health, or 2 CEUs from the Office of Community Health Workers. 

If you have any difficulty with the links above, please scroll down to access the trainings through the below course links.

For more information, email Rachel Kutcher at or call 505-827-2358. For technical support with the course please contact Dr. Rose Hessmiller (505 228 8806) or


    Welcome to CLAS I: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards.

    This is a two part CLAS Standards course designed to prepare health care professionals and health care agencies to:

    • Address the cultural and linguistic barriers to health care delivery
    • Increase access to health care for ethnic, racial and other minority populations 
    • Understand health risk factors and successful prevention/intervention strategies
    • Provide implementation strategies to comply with the CLAS Standards

    Welcome to CLAS II:  Cultural Competence in Health Care.

    This part covers the role of culture in our daily lives and in our health, illness, and our perception of both.  After completing this training, you will have increased your skills and understanding of the following:

    • Importance of cultural competence
    • Cultural awareness
    • Diversity
    • Valuing and respecting cultural differences
    • Interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds

    Welcome to LGBTQ Health and Advocacy.

    In this module, we feature a two-part recorded training conducted by Robert Sturm, MA, Executive Director of the New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership.  Participants can learn about health disparities affecting sexual and gender minorities and practical ways to increase health equity.  

    Welcome to the training on "Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM) and its effects on New Mexico families.

    In this training you will have the opportunity to learn:

    ·       The history of the illness and look for factors that could account for differences in the severity of the illness even within the same family.

    ·       Methods of screening and diagnosis.

    ·       Symptoms of CCM.

    ·       What are the treatments and care options.

    ·       Resources to learn more about CCM and the CHM.