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Los Alamos County Health Council (LACHC)

The Social Services Division coordinates regular meetings of the Los Alamos County Health Council (LACHC). The LACHC consists of 15 members who are selected to represent a broad spectrum of diverse community interests and are appointed by County Council to serve 2-year terms. The LACHC is tasked with developing recommendations to the County concerning identification of needs, services, projects and programs that can affect community health; comprehensive health planning; and coordination of health resources. The Los Alamos County Council formally recognizes LACHC as its community health planning body and designates a Councilor each year to attend monthly meetings.

For more information, please contact LACHC Coordinator, Jessica Strong at (505) 662-8312.

The LACHC holds public meetings on the first Thursday of each month, from 12:00 - 1:30pm. Meetings are currently being hosted virtually. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Agendas and links for the meetings can be found on the Council Meeting Calendar

To view minutes from meetings, visit the county's Legistar webpage and filter "Los Alamos County Health Council" in the dropdown box to the right of the "Search" feature. See image below.  

Image of the Legistar webpage demonstrating the dropdown box with "Los Alamos County Health Council" selected in a red circle. In addition the image shows the icon of the minutes of the April 6, 2023 meeting. 


Health Council Vision Statement:

A community where all members can achieve health and wellness through knowledge of and equitable access to physical and behavioral health resources.

Health Council Mission Statement:

Provide assessments, information, and recommendations regarding community health matters to the Los Alamos County Council and community members.

LACHC Fact Sheet

Comprehensive Health Plan

The Health Council was tasked by the Los Alamos County Council to develop a Comprehensive Health Plan. This project is in progress.. 

Health Council Members

The Health Council comprises County Council Liaison Keith Lepsch and the following  Board Members:

 Name Status Term Term Status Term Start Term Ends
Cameron Counters Active 2 Jan. 07, 2023  Jan 06, 2025 
2 Lori Padilla (Chair) Active 2 Jan. 07, 2023  Jan 06, 2025 
3 Maxine McReynolds Active   Aug. 01, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
4 Morris Pongratz Active 2 Jan. 07, 2023  Jan 06, 2025 
5 Philip Gursky (Vice Chair) Active 2 Aug. 01, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
6 Abbie Nelson Active 1 Aug. 01, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
7 Caron Inglis Active 1 Aug. 01, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
8 Carie Fanning Active 2 Jan. 07, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
9 Gisel Martinez Active 1 Aug. 01, 2022  Jan 06, 2024 
10 Marian Joyce Richins Active 1 Jan. 07, 2023  Jan. 06, 2025 
11 Jeramay Martinez Active  Jan. 07, 2023   Jan. 06, 2025 
12 Jennifer H. Bartram  Active Jan. 07, 2023   Jan. 06, 2025 

Ad Hoc Committees of the Health Council

  • Basic Needs – Lyn Haval, LACHC Board Member Liaison
  • Baby Net – Carrie Fanning, LACHC Board Member Liaison
  • Youth Risk and Resiliency – pending
  • Special Needs – Abbie Nelson, LACHC Board Member Liaison
  • Older Adult Network – Lyn Havel, LACHC Board Member Liaison
  • Comprehensive Health Plan – Cameron Counters, Chair

New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils

Link to the New Mexico Alliance of  Health Councils:


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