100% New Mexico Initiative



PLEASE NOTE: This page contains supplemental information for attendees of the 7-part 100% New Mexico initiative power hours. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

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We are providing the slides and narrative text used in the 100% Power Hour: Partnerships for Change being offered quarterly by the Anna, Age Eight Institute. The 7-part webinar series is designed to give 100% New Mexico initiative members an overview of key concepts and issues related to implementing the initiative in their county. Currently nine counties are engaged in the initiative.

Power Hour participants are encouraged to use this page for local presentations in order to increase public awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, social adversity and the data-driven prevention strategies.

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Before we begin our presentation, we want to allow for a moment of quiet reflection. Please take a minute to perform the self-care of your choice.

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The 100% New Mexico initiative is unique in that the county-based initiative starts with community stakeholders engaged in a book club. Anna, Age Eight and 100% Community guide the groundbreaking strategy designed to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, social adversity and promote family health, safety and resilience. The conceptual framework began development in 2015 with research that evolved into an institute and statewide initiative.

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The initiative is the centerpiece of the Anna, Age Eight Institute’s programming. It was developed by institute co-directors Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello who are the co-authors of Anna, Age Eight and 100% Community.

Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment guides communities in addressing epidemic rates of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that occur in the home and social adversity that families face outside their door.

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100% Community: Ensuring 10 vital services for surviving and thriving is the blueprint that 100% New Mexico initiative participants are using to assess barriers to vital services and build a countywide system of care that includes timely access to vital services.

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The 100% Power Hour 7-part webinar series was developed to provide initiative participants with an overview of key concepts that guide the initiative. These include the four-phase process of continuous quality improvement: assess, plan, act and evaluate.

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As we begin, we wish to point out three of the most common comments we hear as we discuss the initiative. Some local government representatives will say, “Government doesn’t do this type of work.” Our response is, “Yes, that might be true today. Can we talk about the future role of local government?” Local agency representatives might say, “Parents should know about us.” We respond, “How do we ensure all families know about you?” And some change agents might say, “This initiative is too complicated, focused on ensuring access to ten services.” We agree that there are many moving parts, but with partners, anything is possible.

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The goal of the data-driven, county-based and technology-fueled initiative is to empower local stakeholders in ensuring ten vital services for surviving and thriving, all key components of a county and city committed to health equity and racial justice.

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Our goal is to identify the root causes of adverse childhood experiences and work to prevent the ten forms of adversity that include abuse, neglect and living in homes where adults have substance use disorders, engage in violence and have untreated mental health challenges.

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The learning objectives of 100% Power Hour #2: Partnering for Change are participants completing the webinar will be able to describe an overview of: Partners in government and agencies required to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and social adversity, the three key strategies to ensure access to ten vital services including creating a one-stop central hub, creating schools as service hubs, and ensuring access to web-based services, and the role of elected officials in city and county government to end health and education disparities.

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The 100% Power Hour process is designed to create a vehicle for building awareness of the initiative and serve as a catalyst for ongoing local community dialogue. The presentation design follows the “teach the teacher” format, developed to allow participants to provide the presentation to their initiative members and local stakeholders. To create an environment for community dialogue, we offer simple guidelines.

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We acknowledge the contribution of all initiative members across the state who have been part of the iterative process of developing the initiative to meet the unique needs of rural and urban families, as well as those serving culturally and economically diverse populations in the south and west. We also are grateful to the state and local lawmakers who have supported the initiative.

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This presentation takes place amid the COVID-19 pandemic and we pause to present an update on progress made with the vaccine implementation and delivery of medical care services for individuals and families across all 33 counties.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: Before moving on, take a few moments to reflect on which local partners you might wish to invite to a book club to learn about ACEs, social adversity and the benefits of investing in the 100% New Mexico initiative.

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There are important questions to ask, within the context of the 100% New Mexico initiative. One simple one is, “Which local government agency or nonprofit entity has the mission, staffing, strategies and funding to prevent ACEs and treat ACEs-related trauma in both children and parents?

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Part Two begins with acknowledging the long-standing and costly challenge called ACEs. First identified in The ACEs Study by Doctors Felitti and Anda in 1998, the ten forms of adversity endured in the home have harmed the lives of children and parents as well as impacting schools and the workplace. Each of the ten ACEs are forms of adversity occurring in the home between parent and child with their own root causes and fields of research. We provide links to this research and recommend initiative members review research articles of interest.

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ACEs and the potential trauma it can cause impact our families, communities, schools, campuses and the workplace. Entire communities, as well as cities and counties, may be diminished due to untreated trauma impacting children, youth, parents and caregiving grandparents.

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In addition to ACEs, our initiative is working to prevent social adversity that awaits children and adults as they leave their home. Adversity arrives in the form of barriers to vital services, historical trauma, racism, and discrimination. Residents may also lack access to the internet and live where the economy is disrupted and good paying jobs are scarce.

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Reviewing the 100% New Mexico initiative org chart

ACTIVITY: Please review the org chart, noting the leadership team, support teams, task force on history and culture, and ten action teams focused on the ten vital services for surviving and thriving. Can you identify local stakeholders who would have the capacity, time and interest to join teams? For some people, work within the initiative can be done as part of their job within the public sector. Download the org chart as a PDF.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: Looking at the org chart, which areas might have the most support in your community?

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Potential partners are, like all of us, bombarded with requests to join coalitions, causes and put time into various work-related activities. We need to be able to give a three-minute elevator pitch, but instead of selling a movie idea we are promoting a groundbreaking initiative.

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While our county-based initiative may sound intimidating to some, our mission is radically simple: Ensure that ten vital services for surviving and thriving are accessible to 100% of residents.

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We know from our countywide survey of parents that there exist barriers to ten vital services for surviving and thriving (including timely health care, fully-resourced community schools and job training aligned with the job market). We have identified three interrelated strategies to remove barriers to services throughout each community within a county’s borders.

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One strategy is creating a one-stop hub for ten services within the heart of a county’s major city. This means that a working parent with two children and an infant can go to one building to access the ten vital services for surviving and thriving.

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Another strategy in turning a regular public school into a fully-resourced community school with a health center offering medical, dental and mental health care to students and their family members. This type of school, already implemented in New Mexico and across the nation, can also provide a food pantry, clothing bank, and navigators who ensure that residents can link with local and web-based housing security programs, parent supports, early childhood learning, mentors and job training.

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Another strategy involved ending the digital divide to ensure that all residents can access the internet, providing links to services, supports and public health and safety information.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: Which potential partners in your county are already working on these three strategies?

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The 100% New Mexico initiative provides another way forward, away from the emotional and financial costs associated with ACEs and social adversity. It is a first-of-its-kind strategy that requires strategic partnerships with local elected officials, higher education and leaders of the agencies providing the ten vital services for surviving and thriving.

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Our initiative is guided by research focused on the social determinants of health and the importance of access to ten vital services. We start with identifying partners in each of the ten sectors. Each of our ten vital sectors has a wealth of research behind it and we encourage you to share this research with sector partners who may become action team members.

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Our initiative is also guided by the social-ecological model. This is a model, with robust research behind it, used widely in public health and other fields associated with change. It is a framework that can guide local initiatives, developing strategies to support change on the individual, relationship (or family), community and societal levels. To make change on the societal and policy level, we require partners in city hall.

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Our initiative involved the public education system and job training organizations. For this reason, partnership with school board members and leadership within local higher education is vital.

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Public awareness of ACEs and social adversity, as well as innovative thinking to solve barriers to vital services, benefit greatly from engaging your local creative community including artists, muralists, writers, videographers, storytellers, musicians and those in the performing arts.

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As you think about your colleagues, neighbors, friends and elected leaders, who has not yet been invited to explore your local 100% New Mexico initiative?

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The 100% New Mexico is guided by a framework for change. We illustrate this process to provide all initiative members with a shared understanding of the process of change on the county level.

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[A] CHALLENGE: We begin with our 100% New Mexico county-wide survey of parents and youth to identify local challenges and barriers to vital services.

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[B] TEAM: Local champions then mobilize and create a local team, including a variety of task forces and ten action teams. Training builds the capacity of each initiative member.

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[C] KEY ELEMENTS: The local initiative commits to a shared vision and other components of the Collective Impact framework.

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[D] PROCESS: Each of the ten action teams (each one focused on removing barriers to one of the ten vital services for surviving and thriving) begins a process of continuous quality improvement (CQI). In this data-driven process, action teams identify the evidence-informed strategies/projects which show the most potential to remove barriers and increase access to quality services. Each team has 20-25 projects to choose from as a starting point.

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[E] ENGAGEMENT: Community engagement is a vital part of the initiative process, securing buy-in from local residents and elected officials for working to ensure vital services.

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[F] RESULTS: Our focus is on the results in our measurable process. We can evaluate if our projects are increasing access to service, as well as improving services in all ten sectors.

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[G] OUTCOMES: We work to achieve our vision and goal of 100% of families having access to the vital services, and with it increased health, safety, resilience, school achievement, job readiness and employment.

Which potential local partners can support various components of the framework for change?

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We are stakeholders engaged in a groundbreaking initiative that has never been attempted before. We are an experiment being conducted across an entire county. We are committed to designing a new “normal” — one where 100% can thrive.

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REFLECTION QUESTION: Who are the potential partners you can invite to strengthen the initiative?

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NEXT STEPS: Reflect on the presentation and your notes. Review the books and links to research provided. Reach out to colleagues, friends, family, neighbors and local elected leaders to discuss the 100% New Mexico initiative. We have designed this presentation so that it can be used with local elected officials within city and county government and school board members, agency leaders (representing the ten vital services), representatives from local higher education, faith-based and community-based organizations and your neighbors and friends.

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The next 100% Power Hour is Programming for Change. We hope to see you there. For any questions about the 7-part webinar series, the initiative, research guiding the process or practical steps in starting the initiative, please contact us annaageeight@nmsu.edu.

Additional Resources


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