Northern New Mexico College

100% Community: From Trauma and Disparities to Resilience and Equity

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Northern New Mexico College

Espanola, New Mexico, United States

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Project Summary

We're creating a systematic way to end the epidemic of trauma and disparities in New Mexico.Doing this in New Mexico, and across the US, requires that we address root causes and a collision of two interrelated challenges: Trauma and disparities.First, we face historical trauma and adverse childhood experiences leading to emotional challenges, violence, and self-medication. Second, we live in a society that tells our most vulnerable populations to fix themselves without supports. Families are trapped in a cycle of addiction, poverty, fear, and disempowerment.We’re implementing 100% Community, guided by the social determinants of health, creating a systematic way for counties to strengthen resources with the process of Continuous Quality Improvement. In the spirit of Maslow’s Hierarchy: moving communities from surviving to thriving.We’re community-empowered and data-driven, ensuring that family-friendly services exist. Our goal is a New Mexico where trauma and disparities are replaced with resilience and equity.

Problem Statement

We are solving two inter-related problems. First is the epidemic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma passed cyclically, generation after generation. Within an epidemic of trauma, no one is immune. Childhood trauma, existing in all socio-economic levels, diminishes our families’ capacity to thrive and our students' capacity to learn and find employment, as well as impacting our workforce’s productivity.ACEs, can lead to substance misuse and mental health challenges that overwhelm already overtaxed community services. Traumatized communities impact entire local economies.The effects of ACEs were identified by the ACEs Study in 1998, met with deafening silence from federal, state and local governments. ACEs include various forms of abuse and neglect. The more ACEs are endured, the more likely one is to have emotional, educational, and physical challenges as an adult. Our second challenge is disparities and social determinants of health. Primary prevention of childhood adversity requires access to ten vital resources which are not readily available to 100% of our residents. Our Initiative is addressing the root causes of health, education, and opportunity disparities.The Kids Count Survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has for decades rated New Mexico one of the most unsafe states to be a child, documenting New Mexico's failure to provide education, safety, and health. Our government agencies lack the capacity to provide access to ten vital family and student services, including mental and physical health care, shown to address disparities and social injustice.

Solution Overview

100% Community, guided by the social determinants of health, strengthens ten vital services shown to increase household safety and empower students and their families. Our hypothesis:If we ensure that all families have access to 5 survival services and 5 services that support thriving, we will decrease ACEs, trauma, substance misuse, violence, school dropout rates, and underachievement; we will increase self-sufficient family households, higher educational achievement, job readiness, and healthy residents of all ages.100% Community is bringing all county leaders and stakeholders together, in ten key family serving sectors.5 SURVIVAL SERVICESBehavioral Health CareMedical/Dental CareHousingFoodTransport5 THRIVING SERVICESParent SupportsEarly Childhood Learning ProgramsFamily Centered SchoolsYouth MentorsJob Training and Higher EducationWe follow the four-phase process of continuous quality improvement: (CQI) assess, plan, act, and evaluate. In each county we work in, we start with a countywide assessment of parents and youth, using the Resilience Community Experience Survey. This survey asks to what degree one has access to our ten vital “surviving” and “thriving” services, as well as what the barriers are if these services are not accessible.Survey results identify where gaps in services exist within a county, guiding our action teams as they work to increase the accessibility and quality of family-focused services. Performed yearly, we will be able to identify to what degree 100% Community is moving the needle on enriching communities with easy to access services and engaging residents in a process of healing and empowerment.

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Project Funders

  • State of New Mexico

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