Santa Fe’s Challenges and Opportunities Await
A new NMSU Anna, Age Eight Institute report illustrates the challenges Santa Fe’s families endure as they seek to access the services for surviving and thriving. The data provide a starting point for powerful transformation to ensure every child and student can thrive.
Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello
The new 100% New Mexico Survey Report is now available for all Santa Feans to read and discuss. Leaders within Santa Fe City and Santa Fe County governments, along with nongovernmental organizations and foundations, will find a wealth of information about barriers to vital services. The survey provides insights into families’ challenges when seeking to access essential services such as medical care, mental health care, affordable housing, food security programs, transportation, and other services for surviving and thriving. The high percentage of families struggling to access the basic services for survival may come as a surprise to some Santa Feans.
Santa Fe is in an excellent position to use to report to strengthen efforts to address all service barriers across the entire county. The report suggests that the most common barriers to accessing services are:
- Takes too long to get an appointment
- I can’t find a provider accepting new patients
- I can’t find a quality provider
- They don’t accept my insurance
- Costs too much
- Appointment times don’t work for me (especially true for working parents)
A historic opportunity awaits local champions
For those Santa Feans interested in taking on one of the most groundbreaking initiatives in the nation, we invite you to create a 100% Santa Fe initiative which is part of our NMSU 100% New Mexico initiative that is currently active in 15 counties across the state. As you can read in the report’s end pages, the initiative has seven implementation steps across a county, led by local stakeholders in action teams. In the words of public health, the initiative transforms the adverse social determinants of health into positive ones. The social determinants of health are represented by the ten vital services that determine one’s health, education, and overall quality of life. The initiative is guided by the book 100% Community: Ensuring 10 vital services for surviving and thriving. For a research brief on the initiative, please visit our evaluation page.
Designing a Transformative Process
With all the resources that Santa Fe County residents have, including robust city and county government community health programs, a 100% Santa Fe initiative could showcase how to make measurable and meaningful change that results in 100% of children, students, and families thriving.
If you are interested in being part of the start-up of a groundbreaking 100% Santa Fe initiative, a countywide transformative process guided by data, research, and collaboration to strengthen a culture of caring, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those seeking to join our bold transformation, you can find your county’s 100% New Mexico initiative on our map. Join an existing county initiative or start one. You may also review our latest research brief, evaluating our work. For those wanting a more in-depth look into the initiative, you are welcome to enroll in our free self-guided course A Child’s Right to Survive and Thrive. We welcome those courageous New Mexicans who believe that every child should have access to the services for surviving and thriving.