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100% Otero hosts successful childhood trauma prevention community summit
100% Otero, your local grassroots nonprofit dedicated to eliminating childhood trauma in Otero County, recently hosted a successful community forum and training on preventing childhood trauma. This was a big step forward, as the last time the entire 100% Otero group gathered was three years ago when we first introduced the initiative to local residents.
100% Otero’s medical and dental sector reducing barriers to access
When thinking of events in our lives that contribute to adverse childhood experiences, we do not normally consider access to medical and dental care as contributing factors. However, lack of access to health and dental care may itself constitute neglect—an adverse childhood experience that can damage a child psychologically and physically.
100% Otero showcases community impact
100% Otero, a part of the 100% New Mexico initiative, is a local grassroots nonprofit dedicated to eliminating childhood trauma in Otero County. Our goal is that every child grows up in a safe and healthy environment with the best potential possible to become a responsible and productive adult.
Bandages Won’t Fix NM’s Broken Child Welfare System
There is no polite way to say this. We worked at CYFD for years and saw how the entire system was set up to fail…
Making huge impacts: ‘All it takes is everyone’
“How many kids are hungry tonight?” state Sen. Bill Soules, D-Doña Ana, asked the audience Wednesday night, Oct. 13, at the state Legislative Education Study Committee’s (LESC) dinner at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. “How many kids have no place to sleep tonight?”
Housing Is a Basic Need
What does it mean to be homeless? Housing insecurity spans a range of situations: staying in a motel, unsure if you can afford rent beyond this month; “couch-surfing” at a friend’s house for a while, being unable to find affordable housing with adequate space for your family.
Initiative to help local children, families thrive
100% Chaves County is just starting, but it is part of the 100% New Mexico program started three years ago that is affiliated with the Anna, Age Eight Institute of New Mexico State University and its Cooperative Extension Services.
Parenting the second time around
It has been said that grandparents are a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. For many grandparents, the role of parent has become primary when they make the life-changing decision to raise grandchildren whose parents are unable to raise them.
New Mural Unveiled to Accompany Lift Up Las Cruces Program
A mural created in conjunction with the launch of the city’s neighborhood anti-poverty initiative was formally unveiled at an event Friday afternoon at the corner of North Solano Drive and East Mulberry Avenue.
Richard Eeds Show – August 11, 2022
Dr. Katherine Courtney and Tim Hand from the Anna Age Eight Institute, on childhood trauma, steps to deal with it, community schools, county resources and data and surveys on working on this issue.
In honor of the original community Lynnette Haozous to unveil mural supporting 100 Percent Initiative
Even in the hot sun, Lynnette Haozous was up on a scissor lift working paint into the plaster texture of the west wall of the parking lot at Tuesday Morning in Taos. Although joking at times and taking her work in stride as supporters, volunteers and fans strode by, Haozous had a serious task ahead of her.
100% San Juan County Plans Mural Unveiling to Highlight Future Initiatives
100% San Juan County holds a public unveiling at 1 p.m. Monday, July 25 at the Connect Space, 203 W. Main St. in downtown Farmington.
When Crisis Hits Santa Fe, Who Survives and Who Thrives?
My work with New Mexico State University is focused on mobilizing New Mexicans to ensure all families can access 10 vital services for surviving and thriving — including safe and affordable housing.
100% Otero and Alamogordo Public Schools Work to Decrease Barriers to Learning
The ability to learn is an umbrella skill that will benefit a child throughout life. That is why It is imperative to find and remove barriers to learning. Children who have experienced ACEs or adverse childhood experiences may find learning especially difficult.
A thriving vision: 100% Socorro
What if 100 percent of Socorro County residents had access to 10 services needed to survive and thrive: surviving services such as food security, housing, medical care, behavioral health care and transportation? And what if everyone had access to thriving services such as early childhood education, parent supports, community schools, youth mentoring and job training?
100% Otero murals project uses art to the build community
100% Otero is working to ensure 100% of families and residents have access to ten vital services for surviving and thriving. Survival services include medical/dental care, behavioral health care, food, housing, and transportation.
Podcast: Living in Rural America, 2022 & Beyond — Success Stories with Dominic Capello, Katherine Ortega Courtney, and Matt Probst
In Part V of our six-part series, Living in Rural America, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses Rural Economic & Cultural Success Stories: Lesson Learned from Thriving Communities, with Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Capello.
Video News: Working Together for a Stronger Community
100% Community started with the belief that protecting children and families is possible, but only once the scope of challenges faced by individuals in each unique community. Since it’s conception a couple years ago, 100% Communities are present in several different counties in New Mexico, and local nonprofits in San Juan County have begun to partner with 100% Community to make changes locally.
Hunger in Otero County
Unfortunately, many in our community can say this phrase and actually mean it. Every county in New Mexico has residents experiencing food insecurity, and some counties have segments of the population reporting hunger at least once during the month.
PODCAST: The Richard Eeds Show – April 19, 2022
Dr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello from the Anna Age Eight Institute and Dr. Julie McCrae from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago talk about their new evaluation and report.
Beth Speaks for Herself: Combating the Opioid Crisis in Our Community
When Matt Probst, Chief Quality Officer and Medical Dir at El Centro Family Health in Las Vegas, NM, told me he scored a 9 on the 10-question ACEs survey, I was shocked…
Next Gen II Highlights Writing, Poetry of West Las Vegas Students
The event was hosted at the 100% Community Center and sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council. The goal of 100% San Miguel is to end childhood trauma. The way they intend to do that is by providing 10 vital services.
San Juan County initiative aimed at improving access to services like health, job training
Participants in a new San Juan County initiative aimed at improving access for residents to such vital services such as job training, behavioral health and food security will meet next week in Farmington.
Creating Healing Spaces
Statistics related to ACEs, or “adverse childhood experiences,” are startlingly high. According to the CDC, ACEs are “potentially traumatic events” that threaten a child’s sense of safety and stability, whether they relate to abuse or neglect…
Eight Women of Impact: Aurora Valdez
I love my work and I love my community, but we come across so many disheartening challenges, and it meant a lot to know a fellow Taoseña recognized me. I also felt like I could have easily come up with 80 other women who are more deserving of this award.
Why support parents? Aren’t adverse childhood experiences about children?
Access to resources and support within a community ensures children can survive and thrive. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, the world for many parents is far from ideal.
100% Community initiative comes to Taos
A newly-formed conglomeration of organizations and nonprofits focused on providing a network of social service help for the Taos County area has been in the works for the past year. Now, 100% Community, a statewide program, is looking to create a lasting foundation of partnerships to better help serve the community by identifying…
It takes a village to improve youth mental health
Before the pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Health reported that 32 percent of Socorro’s high school youth reported feeling sad or hopeless. According to Strategies for Success Survey conducted by the Socorro County Prevention Coalition…
Public transportation improvements the focus of 100% Otero committee
With service barriers removed, everyone gains the capacity to prevent trauma and social adversity, and to thrive. The 100% New Mexico initiative, sponsored by New Mexico State University, has never been done before on a multi-county scale across a state in the US…
PODCAST: The Richard Eeds Show – January 20, 2022
Dr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello of the Anna Age Eight Institute join Richard Eeds to discuss the 100% New Mexico initiative and the Anna, Age Eight Institute…
- It’s time to talk about traumaThere is another epidemic that existed long before COVID-19, and the pandemic has only made it worse. There are many names for it, but ultimately it boils down to one thing: childhood trauma.
- PODCAST: The Richard Eeds Show – October 12, 2021Dr. Katherine Courtney and Dominic Cappello, co-authors of Anna, Age Eight & 100% Community on ACEs, childhood trauma and paths to solutions.
- How to Revolutionize Social ServicesThe United States faces unprecedented challenges, once thought to be something that only existed in science fiction apocalyptic films. We face public health and economic crises with ineffectual governments unable or unwilling to provide solutions. There is also decades of research into solutions for every one of these challenges, if only we could muster the […]
- Generation Z Embraces Therapy“Parents don’t readily acknowledge that their kids might need help,” said Katherine Ortega Courtney ’03 MS (PhD ’06), co-director of Anna, Age Eight Institute at New Mexico State University, which helps strengthen health and safety systems across the state. She said children often ask for help first.
- PODCAST: The Richard Eeds Show – May 27, 2021Dr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello of the Anna Age Eight Institute with Mayor Javier Sanchez of Espanola, on a Mural Project, 100% Community and More NM Counties Getting Interested in ACEs.
- Innovative child resiliency program finding a home at NMSUThe Anna Age Eight Institute (AAEI) moved from Northern New Mexico Community College to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 2020, making its permanent home in the city and county as it develops sustainable childhood resiliency programs.
- Overcoming BarriersThe Anna, Age Eight Institute helps find resources for those in need. In July 2020, New Mexico State University welcomed the Anna, Age Eight Institute.
- PODCAST: April 2021 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowDr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello, Co-Authors of “Anna Age Eight” and Co-Founders of the Anna Age Eight Institute on ACEs and Childhood Trauma.
- PODCAST: March 2021 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowDr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello, Co-Authors of Anna Age Eight and Co-Founders of The Anna Age Eight Institute, Discussing ACEs and Childhood Trauma.
- PODCAST: January 2021 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowDr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello on ACEs, Trauma, Community Involvement and A Senate Bill (SB 30).
- 100% New Mexico: A model for COVID-19 prevention and treatmentWhen New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham first announced a county by county system to loosen restrictions on public health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an interesting outcome.
- 100% Community Initiative Builds Vital Services So New Mexico Kids Can ThriveThe deaths of several New Mexico children in recent years—a 13-year-old whose father was accused of fatally torturing him; an eight-year-old who was kicked to death by her mother…
- PODCAST: December 2020 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences discussed with Dr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello, Co-Authors of “ANNA AGE EIGHT”, “100% Community” and “The Attack of The Three Headed Hydras”.
- Fight or flight? Defeating the forces of chaos and fear to ensure that everyone thrivesThe forces of apathy, envy and fear run everything, according to New Mexico-based author-educators Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello – from Fortune 500 companies to city hall to “your news streams.”
- Female Disruptors: Author Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your IndustryGive your love back where you get it. Publishing a book and pushing new ideas brings with it a lot of feedback, both good and bad. Her advice means to focus on the good, and that is a strategy that has really worked for us.
- PODCAST: Nov 2020 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowDr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello on Childhood Trauma, ACES & Three Headed Hydras.
- PODCAST: September 2020 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowA Monthly Discussion about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, with Dr. Katherine Courtney & Dominic Cappello.
- 100% Otero seeks to end childhood trauma in Otero County100% Otero and the Anna, Age Eight Institute released of a survey administered by New Mexico State University's Center for Community Analysis. Funding for the survey came from Alamogordo Public Schools, Lisa Yehle of 100% Otero said...
- PODCAST: August 2020 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowDr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello with 100% Community announcements and discussions.
- Apply pandemic lessons to education before schools reopenWe have an opportunity to redesign public education to ensure the academic success, health and empowerment of every student. Our greatest failure would be ignoring glaring historical problems in the current systems that have left so many behind...
- Pandemic shows community schools needed more than everAmid many lessons to be learned, COVID-19’s disruption of school asks us to pause and reflect on public education’s role in society, its strengths, weaknesses and capacity for reinvention...
- PODCAST: July 2020 – Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowRichard Eeds hosts the authors of 100% Community, Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello.
- 2020 Northwest New Mexico Local Food SummitFood has everything to do with our health. If we eat right, we function better and we are healthier. If our food supply is threatened, we are in serious trouble. Every county has residents experiencing food insecurity, and some have segments...
- NMSU welcomes Anna, Age Eight InstituteOn July 1, New Mexico State University will be home to the Anna, Age Eight Institute, which seeks to prevent adverse childhood experiences among New Mexico’s children.
- Mask parade brings 100% Community action teams togetherThe 100% Community Initiative brings together leaders from different fields from healthcare to job-training services to people in San Miguel County with the goal of creating a comprehensive plan to create a thriving community....
- PODCAST: Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowJune 2020: Richard Eeds interviews the authors of Anna, Age Eight, Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello.
- Priorities will guide in these times of crisisAs a state senator, public school educator and father, I have my priorities clear. They have become even clearer and more urgent with the events of the past months: COVID-19, the economic disruption, and the killing of an unarmed black man. My priorities are education, empowerment and building a society where everyone, especially in times of crisis, survives and thrives.
- PODCAST: Surviving and thriving in NM — during crisis times and beyondThe new book, 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services For Surviving, shows how to build county-based systems that ensure well being for all their residents. We speak with authors Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello, co-directors of the Anna Age Eight Institute.
- Making NM ready for any crisis is 100% possibleA book fell into my life that took all my ideas about keeping my patients healthy and focused them like a laser beam into a framework for action. The book, “100% Community,” spoke to me in a very deep way and I was literally catapulted into an all-consuming project that I consider a groundbreaking initiative, one with the power to improve the lives of all the residents of my county of San Miguel.
- Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney: “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places”What gives me hope is that this pandemic has provided an opportunity for people to reflect and reprioritize. Many of us have now seen just how much of our lives were “extra” and how much time and money we would spend in normal times on things that really don’t matter.
- Dominic Cappello: “To risk and step up in the face of adversity and protect the vulnerable”Every day I hear from heroes committed to social justice and working to create cities, towns, and communities where all residents have access to the vital services that provide health, safety, and training for jobs that align with the future job market. Once we get 33 counties working in New Mexico with 100% Community, there
- Heroes Of The COVID Crisis: How Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney is helping to ensure that vital services are accessible to 100% of New MexicansWhat gives me hope is that this pandemic has provided an opportunity for people to reflect and reprioritize. Many of us have now seen just how much of our lives were “extra” and how much time and money we would spend in normal times on things that really don’t matter.
- Heroes of the COVID Crisis: How Author Dominic Cappello & The Anna, Age Eight Institute Helped Ensure Timely Medical Care For all New MexicansEvery day I hear from heroes committed to social justice and working to create cities, towns, and communities where all residents have access to the vital services that provide health, safety, and training for jobs that align with the future job market. Once we get 33 counties working in New Mexico with 100% Community, there are just about 3000 more counties to go across the nation. It’s all very doable as heroes exist in each of our 50 struggling states.
- For Rural Communities Responding to COVID-19 (Panel and Video Presentation)This Impact! Live Listening and Learning Session is a collaborative web-based community leader and stakeholder education effort between Matt Probst, PA-C and Michelle Rathman, President and CEO of Impact! Communications, Inc., and host of Rural Matters Podcast.
- New Mexico Needs Creative and Resilient Thinking To Recover From The PandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought heartache and pain to all. In New Mexico alone, cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 6,000, with nearly 300 fatalities and close to 2,000 cases officially designated as recovered.
- PODCAST: 100% Community & A Must-Attend Event, with Matt ProbstMichelle chats with Matt Probst, PA-C, the medical director of El Centro Family Health serving northern New Mexico, which was featured in the documentary, The Providers, and who is currently serving as the 100% Community San Miguel County community organizer.
- PODCAST: “100% Community” – Living From HappinessDr. Katherine Ortega Courtney is back, this time with Dominic Cappello, co-directors of the Anna Age Eight Institute. Both guests are long-time advocates for childhood safety and health, working within the system. They’re very much about data-driven solutions for such things as childhood trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and building strong resilient communities.
- PODCAST: Santa Fe Community Foundation – 100% CommunityWhat does it take to ensure that every family and community member has food, safe shelter, and timely medical care? Dom Cappello and Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney, co-founders of the Anna, Age Eight Institute, share their process for working with counties to ensure just that.
- PODCAST: Social Distancing with Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowMay 2020, Richard Eeds interviews the authors of Anna, Age Eight, Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello.
- Mayor pro-tem: Fight against adverse childhood experiences continuesEven as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are causing unintended spikes in child abuse and domestic violence, Las Cruces and the state of New Mexico continue as national leaders in the fight against these and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). The state office overseeing that effort is moving to New Mexico State University.
- Surviving and Thriving: 100% Community initiative leads to positive COVID-19 responseAs the entire country struggles to react to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the top responses has come from one of the most unlikely sources, right here in San Miguel County.
- PODCAST: Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowSocial distancing radio with Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds Show
- Las Cruces legislator helping fight childhood traumaWith some time to kill the day before the 2018 Thanksgiving break, William Soules, a math and social studies teacher at Oñate High School in Las Cruces, N.M., taught a group of about 30 advanced placement psychology students about Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. The landmark national research study, published in 1998, was the largest investigation into how child abuse and neglect manifests into adult health and well-being...
- Why I love reading the Opinion sectionKatherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello’s constructive and pragmatic “Anna” steps to address basic New Mexico community problems (“We can be the nation’s most family-friendly state,” My View, Feb. 23).
- PODCAST: Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney, Matthew Probst and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowRichard Eeds interviews Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on ACEs and the Anna, Age Eight Institute.
- We can be the nation’s most family-friendly stateAll states want to be family-friendly. It’s an easy slogan to adopt but a much harder reality to arrive at. All states have in common is a long list of challenges that many families face daily.
- Share responsibility for our childrenAs the 2020 legislative session continues and your legislators begin the task of hammering out the budget and addressing the many priority issues around the state, I would like to draw attention to the needs of our most important constituents — the children of New Mexico.
- PODCAST: Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney, Senator Bill Soules and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowKatherine and Dom join Senator Bill Soules on The Richard Eeds Show to discuss Anna, Age Eight and ACEs.
- Child Advocates Brainstorm Ways to Prevent Trauma at Las Cruces SummitChildhood trauma takes a multitude of forms–physical, emotional and sexual abuse, divorce, neglect, poverty, substance abuse and many other examples create adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.
- The phrase ‘refer people to services’ is a warning signImagine you’re a state or local elected official, committed to the people who voted you into civic duty. A child neglect case hits the headlines and, soon after, a little girl dies of abuse in your district. You’ve been reminded, in the saddest way possible, of the huge emotional and financial costs associated with childhood adversity, abuse, neglect and trauma.
- Child trauma common in mass shootersAs of Sept. 1, there have been more mass shootings in the United States than days in the year. After every publicized incident, we are all left wondering what we can do. We hear the same calls each time – “thoughts and prayers,” “only a good guy with a gun,” background checks, eliminate large capacity magazines, more mental health treatment, etc. All may have merit, but we believe we are not addressing the root of the problem. How did all these men – the vast majority of mass shooters are men — conclude they should murder people?
- PODCAST: Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello on The Richard Eeds ShowRichard Eeds interviews the authors of Anna, Age Eight, Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello.
- Bringing awareness to adverse childhood experiencesA group of concerned educators, elected officials and health care workers met last week at City Hall to discuss working together to combat adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the community. Adverse childhood experiences are traumatic events occurring before age 18. ACEs include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence. The more ACEs experienced, the greater the risk for these outcomes.
- PODCAST: The sad fate of Anna, Age EightHow can the fruits of Silicon Valley high tech be used to keep our children safe? Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney’s new book, "Anna, Age Eight," is about how to prevent child abuse and trauma by improving the systems within social services, government and private agencies, and getting them to share data.
- Amid grief and fear, borderland kids return to school, a different world (Anna, Age Eight Reference)Last year, after a young man shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Las Cruces Public Schools added security guards to its elementary schools.
- Doña Ana County residents asked to take 10 minutes to share a better quality of lifeDoña Ana County residents should take 10 minutes to share experiences and contribute input that could improve the family services available to them, the city said in a news release Wednesday.
- Dominic Cappello to speak at Rooster BoosterDominic Cappello, New York Times best-selling author, Oprah Winfrey guest, and co-author of the groundbreaking book Anna, Age Eight, will address the crowd of business and community leaders this Thursday, March 28 at the monthly Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster.
- Authors Hope to Establish Childhood Trauma InstituteOne in eight children experience ill-treatment. Of those, over half that are reported to law enforcement are screened out. Of those that are investigated, between 20 to 40 percent are actually substantiated, said Dr. Katherine Courtney, co-author of “Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment.”
- Imagine a future in which every child thrivesAnother day, another child abused, neglected or killed. Another question of how can this keep happening? Through our book, Anna Age, Eight: The data driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment...