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This report expands upon earlier healthy birth and early development work by critically examining how local community-based organizations are addressing maternal-child health-racial inequities and disparities. While home visiting, breastfeeding, doulas and baby-friendly hospitals are essential strategies for improving maternal-child health, a health gap still exists for women and families of color, as evidenced by high infant and maternal mortality rates and low infant birth weight rates in New Mexico, particularly for women of color. While the maternal-child health strategies may improve access to care for women and families of color, they do not necessarily translate to quality of care. "Evidence-based" practices will not lead to changed outcomes for W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) target populations if racial equity is not addressed and foundational in the work. The report explored how WKKF grantees are addressing, advocating for, and implementing actions to advance equity to improve maternal-child health outcomes
Fom 2014 to 2015, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)partnered with the University of New Mexico evaluation team to conduct a study to examine if and how the Foundation's investments in the strategies of folic acid initiative, home visiting, doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and baby-friendly hospitals were improving maternal-child health in WKKF's priority places in New Mexico. One key finding in the Healthy Birth & Early Development in New Mexico evaluation report was that these strategies supported a continuum-of-care that is essential for strengthening the health and wellbeing of babies, mothers, and families from preconception through a child's third year. A continuum of care framework was developed by the evaluators to capture achievable short-term outcomes such as healthy family behaviors, policy change and systems change that over time could be linked to improvement in the long-term outcomes of full-term births, healthy birth weights, exclusive access to mother's milk, decreased adverse childhood experiences, increased social support, improved parental well-being, and healthy developmental milestones.
In recent years, federal immigration and public benefits policies with implications for immigrant families in the U.S. have been extraordinarily restrictive and punitive. These policies have exacerbated a climate of fear and vulnerability for immigrant families, while also creating significant barriers to service access and eligibility for immigrant families, particularly those services that are important for child health and wellbeing. The borderlands of New Mexico are one of the most impoverished areas of the country, where the day-to-day experiences of immigrant children and families are impacted by complex border policies and dynamics that restrict access to needed supports.
This briefing details the findings from our 2020 Strengthening Border Families study, which identified barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in Doña Ana County. We also present preliminary results from a survey of frontline workers serving immigrant families across a variety of community settings. We discussed policy and practice recommendations and next steps for the local community and state of New Mexico. We were joined by guest speaker Margie McHugh from the Migration Policy Institute's (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, who shared new data about the population of dual language learners (DLLs) in NM and opportunities for improving equity in early childhood policies and programs for children in immigrant families. Margie's Powerpoint slides are available below, including links to various fact sheets and data sets on DLLs referenced during the briefing.MULTIPHASE STUDY:* PHASE I Community and government agency representative Zoom interviews to examine perceptions of accessibility and quality of services for immigrant families before and during the COVID-19pandemic.* PHASE II Online survey of frontline workers about the accessibility and quality of services forimmigrant families.STUDY GOALS:Understand community perceptions of accessibility and quality of their services for immigrantfamilies with young children;Identify barriers and facilitators for immigrant families accessing services;Develop policy and practice solutions to improve supports for immigrant families with young children in the NM borderlands and throughout the state.
This brief highlights the findings and recommendations from a community-based participatory research study conducted in Doña Ana County, New Mexico during the latter half of 2020. Through interviews with community organization leaders, local government representatives, and state government representatives, researchers aimed to gain insight into the accessibility and quality of community services for immigrant families with young children; identify barriers and facilitators to service access; and develop community-based policy and practice solutions to improve supports to this population.
This report details the results and recommendations of the first phase of a community-based participatory research project which aimed to explore the accessibility and quality of services as well as barriers and facilitators to service receipt among immigrant families with young children in the New Mexico borderlands.
The SUCCESS Partnership is a prenatal-to-career education initiative committed totransforming education outcomes in Doña Ana County so that all children have a foundationfrom which to thrive in school and life. As a partnership, we embrace the idea that"education is a shared responsibility." The Partnership is composed of residents, parents,students, teachers, elected officials, businesses, school administrators, faith-basedrepresentatives, professors, nonprofits, and community leaders.Here in the SUCCESS Partnership, we are committed to data-informed decision-making as a primary strategy for our work. Good data tells us important things about our community, like what we are doing well, where we need to improve, and what kinds of changes are happening over time. The numbers give us a baseline so we know where we are starting from when we talk about our focus areas. Finally, this information helps us keep our eyes on the big picture - why we do the work that we do.The purpose of this Education Context Report is to provide our partners and community with data across the education spectrum in Doña Ana County
Throughout New Mexico—in private homes, nursing homes, and a variety of residential care settings—older adults and people with disabilities rely on nearly 36,000 direct care workers to meet their daily needs and participate in their communities. Further, when properly trained, supported, and integrated into care teams, direct care workers can promote better care for consumers and prevent costly outcomes. Unfortunately, despite their enormous value, direct care workers struggle with low compensation, insufficient training, and limited career paths, which drive many workers out of this sector. The COVID-19 crisis has amplified these challenges, leaving many workers without safe, high-quality jobs—and consumers without the care they deserve.
The following report presents the results of the 100%Community Survey for Doña Ana County,New Mexico.This county-wide assessment was initiated by the Resilience Leaders of Southern New Mexico and follows the 100% Community initiative framework provided by the Anna, Age Eight Institute, whose mission is to "ensure that children, students, and families are safe and thriving." The purpose of the survey was to identify the level of need and access to 10 basic "surviving" and "thriving" family services, as well as perceptions of quality.
The Case for Education Equity in New Mexico follows the personal story of parent turned education advocate Wilhelmina Yazzie. Her story is one of love and perseverance, culture and language, and the reality of how opportunity gaps harm New Mexico and its children.
Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children to realize their full potential in school, work and life. Our funding focuses on three interconnected priorities – thriving children, working families and equitable communities. We bring a racial equity lensto all of our work, and make community engagement and developing leaders integral to all we undertake.New Mexico is a unique and incredible state — full of rich histories, cultural legacies and community pride. The state is one of the most multicultural and multilingual in the country with tremendous economic potential. We remain committed to embracing the wisdom of unique cultural, social and governance traditions throughout New Mexico, always aspiring to promote equity across boundariesof language, ethnicity and national origin.
Based on our work with over 20 Native communities in less than 5 years, we have developed a first hand understanding of the important role agriculture plays among Native American people. We recognize food sovereignty as the right of people to healthy, culturally aligned food produced through ecologically sound methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. Food sovereignty initiatives empower tribal members to grow their own fresh produce, ease food insecurity, realize the additional benefits of healthy eating in the prevention of heart disease and Type II diabetes, and support their families by finding markets to sell their crops and livestock products.To that end, NMCC has developed and is implementing agriculturally based programs — specifically addressing the financial and business side of farming to help support Native farmers' passion for agriculture. Like all of our programs, our agriculture programs are a unique blend of peer-to-peer learning, the appropriate use of technology, and a respect for indigenous and community values woven into the fabric of each class. With program funding coming from the Native American Agriculture Fund; the USDA; and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others, our projects are always informed by listening sessions to make sure that what we do is aligned with the values and traditions of the communities we serve, with the goal that our work will help restore and strengthen a farm to table Native food system that embraces the principles of food sovereignty and addresses mission critical issues for success.
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