ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – University of New Mexico Health Sciences, Presbyterian, and the City of Albuquerque are working to create healthier neighborhoods while growing the local economy.

Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque is a new program geared toward seeking local growers and vendors for large service contracts. Hospital leaders say it’s about more than pills and procedures, but making sure community members are eating healthy and living healthy lives.

That’s where they and local growers and businesses come in.

“To be able to come together and buy local, hire local, and support the development of local businesses in the communities that need it the most is critical,” said Dr. Richard Larson, UNM Health Sciences Center.

Part of this program includes providing vouchers for community members to buy produce at local farmers markets.