The plan of action to break the costly cycle of harm 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello delivers a data-driven strategy to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

A Groundbreaking Strategy

100% Community is the nation’s first data-driven, cross-sector and county-focused strategy developed to end the epidemic of adverse childhood experiences, trauma and social adversity. It provides the insights, frameworks and concrete steps for change agents within governmental and nongovernmental systems to build the capacity to increase the health, safety and resilience of children, students and families.

Trauma passed down generation after generation
Trauma passed down (or prevented) generation after generation
ACEs, including all forms of neglect and abuse, are behaviors that can be passed from parent to child. The cycle of childhood trauma due to ACEs can be stopped with a local system of parent supports and health and safety services.Click above to learn their stories.*

*fictional stories

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Empowering 100% of Our Communities

The underlying assumption of 100% Community is that governmental and nongovernmental systems can, when guided by data and innovative leadership, provide the vital services needed to ensure a healthy, safe and resilient society, one where children, students, families and communities are trauma-free and thriving. The more effective the systems are in meeting the needs and goals of its residents of all ages, the more society benefits by developing well-adapted, educated and productive citizens. The goal of 100% Community is to help state, county, city and education systems function at peak performance, through a process of continuous quality improvement, that provides all residents with a positive user experience and empowerment.

Successful cities and counties empower everyone. 100% Community shows the way leaders and all residents work together to achieve meaningful and measurable results.

ACEs scores in the classroom
ACEs and Traumatized Students
Instead of learning and socializing at school, in some classrooms a third to three-quarters of students may have three or more ACEs. They may be marginalized at school, perceived by teachers as being disengaged or acting out. Students may worry more about what adversity awaits them at home instead of doing math homework. Click above to learn their stories.*

*fictional stories

100% Community Is Your Plan of Action

If you believe that all children should grow up with the resources to be trauma-free and empowered to succeed, 100% Community is for you. If you enjoy using data, technology and a collaborative process, with a focus on problem-solving and big picture thinking on an agency and systems level, the capacity-building process outlined in 100% Community may be what you’ve been looking for.

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By working on a county scale with buy-in from local elected leadership and stakeholders, a locality can achieve groundbreaking results, reducing ACEs and trauma while raising the quality of family, community, educational and economic life for all residents.

Social adversity in the classroom
Social adversity in the classroom
Students can have a well-functioning family and be growing up without ACEs or low ACEs scores. They may still confront many forms of adversity that impact their capacity to learn and be safe from community violence..*

*fictional stories

Preventing Trauma and Social Adversity

Much of the knowledge you gain through 100% Community has a double benefit. In addition to giving you professional preparation for a new career, or professional development in a current career, your reading is also directly applicable to improving the quality of the lives of children, students and family members in your county. 100% Community provides skills to be effective change agents and resources to address the inevitable push back to change, including the social and political issues that confront all of us in daily life at home, school, work and in the community.

100% Community focuses on strengthening the skills of future and current elected, community, and agency leaders in governmental and nongovernmental agencies in continuous quality improvement to ensure vital services meet the needs of 100% of residents.

100% Community Includes:

Foreword by Bill Soules, PhD: How Many of Our Children Should Endure Trauma?
Introduction: We’re Ready when You Are
Part 1: 100%: Why Every Child and Family Can Thrive
Part 2: Community: In Your County, 100 People Can Solve Everything
Part 3: Countdown to 100%: Implementing our Radically Simple Strategy
Part 4: Workbook for Action Teams
Appendices: An extensive collection of resources

Actions Teams take on many innovations
100% Community is your operating manual
100% Community is being used to support state, city and county agencies as they develop innovations to increase the quality and accessibility of ten vital surviving and thriving services. The trauma-prevention strategy is data-driven, cross-sector and strengthened by technology.*

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The Results-Focused Strategies

The authors’ main thesis, quite simply, is that protecting all our children is entirely possible, but only when we know the scope of the challenges faced by families in each unique community. The book provides a detailed, data-driven analysis of the scope of the problem and how to strengthen ten key systems, called “survival services” and “thriving services,” designed to protect 100% of our children and strengthen families and communities. The proven strategies proposed have the power to heal families, illustrating how we can all take courageous and compassionate steps toward designing family-focused and child-centered communities. 100% Community is serving as the guide for data-driven ACEs prevention programs—from New Mexico to Arizona and Kentucky.

Survival Services

Food

Food

Housing

Housing

Medical/Dental Care

Medical/Dental Care

Behavioral Healthcare

Behavioral Healthcare

Transportation

Transportation

Thriving Services

Parent Supports

Parent Supports

Early Childhood Learning

Early Childhood Learning

Community Schools

Community Schools

Youth Mentors

Youth Mentors

Job Training

Job Training

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Special Editions and Sector-Specific Workbooks

The lessons of 100% Community are also available in a 14-book series of special editions—excerpted from 100% Community. Each book is tailored to every stakeholder in your county. The series will be available both as digital editions and in print to facilitate training and launching the 100% Community initiative. New Mexican residents may download an e-version of any book free-of charge in Spring 2020. You may sign up for alerts on series availability at the bottom of this page.

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About the Authors

Leading a Movement to Ensure Safe Childhoods

Leaders in the data-driven prevention of childhood trauma, Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello met while working on quality improvement within child welfare in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the wake of a high-profile child fatality in the state, they wrote Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment. The book led to a bi-partisan legislative campaign and the creation of the Anna, Age Eight Institute, which opened in July of 2019.

Dr. Ortega Courtney and Cappello wrote the follow-up book, 100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families, to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing truly family-friendly cities and towns. The institute’s ground-breaking work is leading a national movement to ensure safe and successful childhoods.

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Courtney has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University, where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Dr. Courtney worked with the State of New Mexico for eight years, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as Bureau Chief of the Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, Dr. Courtney championed and co-developed the New Mexico Data Leaders for Child Welfare program. She has worked in policy, research and has led community initiatives through her work at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. She is also the co-author, with Dominic Cappello, of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves as co-director. Dr. Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Dr. Courtney serves as an advocate for strengthening continuous quality improvement in all family-serving organizations through the 100% Community initiative and course – a data-driven, cross-sector and county-focused childhood trauma prevention strategy.

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Courtney has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University, where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Dr. Courtney worked with the State of New Mexico for eight years, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as Bureau Chief of the Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, Dr. Courtney championed and co-developed the New Mexico Data Leaders for Child Welfare program. She has worked in policy, research and has led community initiatives through her work at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. She is also the co-author, with Dominic Cappello, of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves as co-director. Dr. Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Dr. Courtney serves as an advocate for strengthening continuous quality improvement in all family-serving organizations through the 100% Community initiative and course – a data-driven, cross-sector and county-focused childhood trauma prevention strategy.

Dominic Cappello

Dominic Cappello

Cappello is a New York Times bestselling author and TEDx Conference curator with decades of experience advocating for health, safety and education. He has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Language and Communication from Regis University. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Health Epidemiology and Response Division and the New Mexico Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau, where he co-developed the Data Leaders for Child Welfare program, which he implemented in New York City, Connecticut and New Mexico. Cappello is the creator of the Ten Talks book series on family safety that gained a national audience when he discussed his work on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is also the co-author, with Dr. Ortega Courtney,  of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he serves as co-director. Cappello and Dr. Ortega Courtney wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Through the 100% Community initiative and course, Cappello advocates for a data-driven, technology-empowered and systematic approaches to ensuring safe childhoods and thriving  students, families and local economies.

Dominic Cappello

Dominic Cappello

Cappello is a New York Times bestselling author and TEDx Conference curator with decades of experience advocating for health, safety and education. He has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Language and Communication from Regis University. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Health Epidemiology and Response Division and the New Mexico Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau, where he co-developed the Data Leaders for Child Welfare program, which he implemented in New York City, Connecticut and New Mexico. Cappello is the creator of the Ten Talks book series on family safety that gained a national audience when he discussed his work on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is also the co-author, with Dr. Ortega Courtney,  of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he serves as co-director. Cappello and Dr. Ortega Courtney wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Through the 100% Community initiative and course, Cappello advocates for a data-driven, technology-empowered and systematic approaches to ensuring safe childhoods and thriving  students, families and local economies.

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The groundbreaking 100% Community initiative is leading a national movement to ensure safe and successful childhoods. We hope you enjoy the Advance Review Copy of 100% Community. We are asking the nation’s lawmakers, stakeholders, and change agents to read, review, and share their insights. The feedback we receive from readers will inform our next edition. Get your copy now.

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