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The groundbreaking 100% Taos initiative ensures that all families in the county have access to the ten vital services for surviving and thriving.

The truth is simple. The 100% Taos initiative, a program of NMSU’s Anna, Age Eight Institute, provides Taos County with a collaborative process for transforming under-resourced communities into fully-resourced environments, creating local access to services described in the book 100% Community: Ensuring ten vital services for surviving and thriving.

We know the challenges and how to fix them. All that’s lacking is the buy-in to make the health, safety, and education of 100% of Taos’s and all of New Mexico’s children and students the number one priority.


The Road to 100% is our video series highlighting the innovative work of champions working within the 100% New Mexico initiatives across the state. Watch our one-minute introduction to the series.

When you are done watching, take a stroll over to our 100% Videos page to watch the rest of our videos. We hope they inspire you to action.

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What determines our health?

The 100% Taos initiative identifies the adverse social determinants of health in the form of families’ lack of access to vital services. These services, such as medical and behavioral healthcare, determine our quality of life with the capacity to prevent adverse childhood experiences, trauma, substance use disorders, and poor school achievement leading to a lack of job readiness. By guaranteeing services within Taos County, we go upstream to prevent family involvement with child welfare, law enforcement, the courts, and emergency room care.

We’re ensuring ten vital services.

The goal of the 100% Taos initiative is to remove the barriers preventing families, students, and children from accessing the ten vital services for surviving and thriving: medical and dental care, behavioral health care, food security programs, housing security programs, transportation to reach services, parents supports, early childhood learning programs, fully-resourced community schools, youth mentor programs, and Job training.

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When people in Taos County say, “We refer families to services,” how do they know the services actually exist?

County stakeholders, including all local elected officials, can learn which services are easily available by surveying residents. Our 100% Taos survey asks parents, students, and elders to what degree they can access support services and what the barriers to services might be.

Our goal is to ensure that 100% of families and community members in Taos County have access to ten vital services, promoting the health, safety, and resilience of all county residents.

How Survey Results Guide Solutions

Explore the latest 100% Taos County Survey to learn what’s easily available in all the communities within a county’s borders. This information is what guides the initiative’s ten action teams, each one focused on replacing service barriers with easy access.

At-a-glance summary of the latest report. Download the full report to better understand these results.

We’re creating 100% Family Centers.

The 100% Taos initiative county surveys reveal many barriers family members face when seeking services. The initiative addresses all barriers to ten family services by building the 100% Family Center: One Stop Service Hubs and community schools as 100% Service Hubs to increase access to all ten vital services through onsite, web-based, and navigator-supported linking to service providers. With one-stop-service hubs, we can confidently say, “We’re referring families to services.”


Join the 100% New Mexico Mural Project in celebrating the beautiful mural in Taos, New Mexico. The community work of art was created in support of the 100% Taos County initiative.

Visit the mural at 105 Camino De La Placita in Taos (map).


The 100% Taos initiative is rooted in cultural diversity and collaboration between communities across Taos County. The Initiative started at Taos Pueblo with April Winters, a home visitor working with the Tiwa Babies Home Visiting Program. In 2020, Aurora Valdez, the Community Wellness Manager at Taos Pueblo, organized with agencies and providers throughout Taos County to begin the first 100% Community book club. The 100% Taos County core team grew from those book clubs and established the Initiative and ten Action Teams for Taos County.

The team is multidisciplinary, representing ten service sectors. The team identifies gaps in vital service areas then addresses them through a process of assessment, planning, action, and evaluation.

Action Team Leaders are responsible for monitoring the continuous quality improvement process (assessing, planning, action, and evaluation) as it relates to developing and implementing projects shown to remove barriers to vital services. Action Team leaders also take responsibility for convening and facilitating action team meetings focused on developing local projects. The leader also oversees the resource/service directory to ensure accuracy.

Want to join the team in Taos County?  Contact us.



Foundations, Sponsors & Partners


Contributions From

Questa Chevron Fund, West Patterson Memorial Named Fund,
M.A. Healy Family Endowed Fund, The Fund for Taos,
Sally Mayer Endowed Fund, Skygazer Endowed Fund,
and Raye Endowed Fund.

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Our transformational 100% New Mexico initiative is guided by web-based, self-paced courses provided free to all New Mexicans. If you are outside of New Mexico and are interested in learning more about the initiative or taking our courses, please contact us for more information. Whatever your familiarity with the 100% New Mexico initiative or your interest in participating, we have a course that is the perfect fit for you. Explore our courses while connecting to other local champions.


A Child’s Right to Survive & Thrive Course

You can ensure safe childhoods. In this groundbreaking course, initiative co-developers Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello, authors of Anna, Age Eight and 100% Community, introduce you to “Anna’s story” and the strategies to ensure 100% of children, students, and families can thrive.






100% Initiative Leaders & Action Team Courses

Turn caring into action! If you are joining or are already part of a local action team, get an overview of your local initiative and learn how to make measurable and meaningful change by building one-stop service hubs, community schools, and other technology-empowered, innovative strategies.