Join New Mexico's 100% Community Initiative New Mexico is leading the nation in preventing trauma through a data-driven, cross-sector and technology-empowered strategy
100% Community is an initiative of the Anna, Age Eight Institute based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are a part of the higher education system. Our institute is guided by the book Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello.
Since the first publication of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study in 1998 by doctors Felitti and Anda, the nation has known of the emotional and financial costs associated with ACEs and problems associated with them, including trauma, substance misuse and mental health challenges. For two decades there has been no national or statewide prevention strategy guided by data and research. Awareness of ACEs and sensitivity to those with trauma has developed, under the umbrella of the term “trauma-informed,” an important first step. The 100% Community initiative invites state, local and agency leadership to the next phase: preventing ACEs and trauma before it occurs in families.
Amid more than 1,000 books on trauma featured on Amazon, Anna, Age Eight may be the first and only book on trauma prevention guided by the research focused on the social determinants of health. The environments our children and parents live in have a profound impact on their physical and emotional health, as well as their opportunities for learning and meaningful work.
The hypothesis guiding the 100% Community initiative is that if we ensure that all our families have access to ten vital services, parents will have the support to raise their children in homes free of abuse, neglect, substance misuse, domestic violence and untreated mental health challenges. Five services for “surviving,” include: stable housing, secure food, behavioral heath care, medical care and transportation to services. Five services for “thriving” include: parent supports, early childhood learning programs, fully-resourced community schools, youth mentors and job training.
The 100% Community initiative in New Mexico focuses on engaging both state and local leadership in prevention efforts. Ongoing dialogue with state departments of health, education, higher education, child welfare and economic development focuses on how statewide agencies provide crucial family-focused resources to counties and cities. On the county level, the initiative is guided by local stakeholders focused on increasing access to ten services called the “surviving” and ”thriving” services shown to strengthen families.
The 100% Community initiative uses the data-driven continuous quality improvement (CQI) framework for all statewide, local and agency work. We train all initiative participants in CQI’s four steps: assessing, planning, acting and evaluating. Our county-based initiatives are also guided by collective impact, promoting a shared vision, goals, use of data, transparent communication, interrelated activities and a solid economic base.
Our local initiative is guided by two co-community organizers and ten action team leaders (or co-leaders). The local participants represent a cross section of agencies and disciplines including health care, education, youth development and community development. The initiative leadership connects with all the organizations in a county that serve children, students and families.
The 100% Community initiative is customized by the Anna, Age Eight Institute staff and local initiative leadership. One size does not fit all in a state with 33 counties that represent different histories, cultures, economies and capacities. While the fundamentals of our guiding principles don’t change, the implementation plan and schedule can be customized to create a local change process that is set up to succeed.
Technology plays a key role in the 100% Community initiative as we provide blended learning experiences with online education and technical assistance. We also provide support designing local websites, apps and networks to link all county stakeholders and initiative participants. Technology also plays a role in an ongoing process of collecting and analyzing data and sharing results.
In order to reach our initiative’s goal of ensuring that 100% of residents have access to ten vital services, local initiative participants must collaborate with county commissioners, mayors and city council members, school board members, state lawmakers and higher education leadership. The 100% Community initiative is designed to engage all leaders and stakeholders of all ages.
Our 100% Community initiative’s ten action teams (each one focused on a “surviving” or “thriving” services sector) take our 100% Community course. This course covers Continuous Quality Improvement, Collective Impact, and Adaptive Leadership to empower them as they identify gaps in services, research and design strategies to address these gaps. The course is customized to meet each county’s unique needs.
The initiative is detailed in the book 100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello. An electronic copy of the book will be available free-of-charge to all New Mexico residents. The book is currently in an “advance review” stage, being reviewed by stakeholders across the state. The final edition, incorporating insights from elected leaders, agency staff and community members, will be available late spring 2020.
Which counties are engaged with 100% Community initiative?
New Mexico has taken a leadership role in ending the epidemic of childhood trauma and ensuring safe childhoods and successful students. Please explore our map of New Mexico below to track the progress of our 100% Community initiative aimed at preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and social adversity.
Who are our elected leaders that can impact prevention?
New Mexico, like all states, becomes a place where 100% of families thrive with courageous leadership. New Mexico’s leaders and stakeholders are investing in trauma-free and thriving children, students and families to end the high emotional and financial costs of adverse childhood experiences, trauma and social adversity. Contact us to learn how your county launches the 100% Community initiative, working in alignment with the efforts of our elected leaders and stakeholders. In New Mexico, we are in communication with all elected officials in all 33 counties with updates on our progress emailed weekly, inviting dialogue focused on ensuring thriving residents.
Our list of leaders, committed public servants integral to the success of our statewide ACEs prevention program, include:
Lt. Governor and state lawmakers: 113
US Senators and Representatives: 5
Cabinet Secretaries leading major departments: 30
County governments lead by commissioners: 33
City governments lead by mayors and councilmembers: 472
School districts lead by school board members: 89
College and Universities lead by presidents and boards: 28
Native American Tribes—sovereign nations headed by their own governments: 23
Within each county, there are no more than 100 elected officials and leaders who control the budgets and priorities impacting the quality of family, school, community and economic life.
Civil servants and leaders have the capacity to organize themselves in new ways to collaborate and ensure the health, safety, education and livelihood of 2 million residents.
Do you want to join the 100% Community initiative?
Want to explore becoming a 100% Champion, guiding a county’s 100% Community initiative? Apply to become a 100% Community initiative champion, community organizer or action team leader in your county and make history as you improve the future of all children, students and families.
Where can solutions to our challenges come from?
New Mexico is part of an interconnected nation and world. We don’t lack solutions to our most pressing challenges. We’re two million people within a nation of 350 million. We’re sharing ideas and solutions with innovators and entrepreneurs across the state, county and globe. We’re a living laboratory, improving policies, programs and technology to demonstrate how state leaders and an engaged public can create a seamless system of care and empowerment for 100% of New Mexicans.
- For more information on getting started with the 100% Community initiative, as well as the ACEs survey, research, prevention strategies, and school, campus and workplace policies on ACEs, visit CONTACT.
- The data-driven prevention strategy are detailed in the books Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment and 100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello. Visit BOOK to learn more.
- To learn about the team guiding the Institute and county initiatives, please visit TEAM.