100% TAOS ACTION TEAMS
Medical & Dental Care@100%
Our action team is work to ensure quality services for all Taos County residents.
In each county, this team strengthens the medical and dental care organizations that serve our residents.
WE SEEK TO ENSURE TRAUMA-FREE CHILDHOODS, RESILIENT FAMILIES AND WELL-RESOURCED COMMUNITIES
The 100% New Mexico Initiative has ten action teams working within a county, each one focused on ensuring ten vital services for surviving and thriving. The initiative’s Medical and Dental Care Action Team’s mission is to identify gaps in county services; strengthen service organizations; and create a networked countywide system of services, timely support and empowerment. The team will identify solutions that meet the needs of those county residents with and without access to internet services or personal transportation.
The Medical and Dental Care Action Team works with partners in the healthcare field to ensure that all county residents have timely access to the services they need. This includes assessing to what degree county residents have easy access to care and identifying barriers and their causes. Barriers may include prohibitive costs, lack of personal or public transportation and lack of awareness of services offered. Innovations in this area include a variety of evidence-informed strategies shown to improve overall access and quality of services, including technology-based solutions such as using video-conferencing to “see” patients online for assessments and screening with the understanding that not all residents have access to the internet and devices capable of utilizing this service (home computers, smart phones, etc). Addressing the digital divide is part of the action team’s work. The action team is guided by the frameworks of continuous quality improvement, collective impact and adaptive leadership, with ongoing support from the Anna, Age Eight Institute technical assistance providers.
WHAT ARE THE ROOT CAUSES OF HEALTH DISPARITIES?
The Anna, Age Eight Institute works with each county initiative to assess and analyse the root causes of local health disparities, identifying within each community historical challenges.
Ensuring Services: A Local Challenge
People face different levels of hardship and risk during a pandemic directly related to their level of access to the 10 vital services for surviving and thriving. Inaccessible medical care, a lack of housing and food programs, and greatly increased joblessness during the associated economic downturn take a tremendous toll on families. It doesn’t have to be this way.
DATA GUIDE US TO SOLUTIONS IN ALL COMMUNITIES WITHIN A COUNTY’S BORDERS
With data from the 100% New Mexico Survey and other sources, a local action team will be able to identify where in the county the need for medical and dental services exists and what barriers make access difficult for both parents and children. For each barrier, there are numerous evidence-informed solutions waiting to be implemented by local stakeholders, working in a collaborative process.
WE ARE ASKING LOCAL RESIDENTS ABOUT THEIR ACCESS TO ALL VITAL SERVICES AND THE BARRIERS THEY FACE.
The 100% New Mexico Initiative’s Medical and Dental Care Action Team engages in the data-driven, four-step process of continuous quality improvement (CQI) to identify and address gaps to vital services.
Step 1: Assess gaps in vital services
Step 2: Plan in a collaborative process to address gaps
Step 3: Act with county/city alignment to increase vital services
Step 4: Evaluate all progress toward measurable results
The local CQI process is fully supported by the Anna, Age Eight Institute through technical assistance by staff with expertise in assessment, planning and logic model design, project management, program implementation, IT strategies, communication and evaluation.
TO END BARRIERS
Please note that the totals below are based on officially published sources and may differ from other published data due to recency and methodology. [NEED REAL NUMBERS – these might not be accurate]
10 VITAL SERVICES CENTRAL HUB
PROBLEMS: Distances between communities and lack of public transportation
PROBLEMS: Consistent funding
Schools with services:
PROBLEMS: Lack of universal Internet access
THE ACTION TEAM WORKS IN COLLABORATION TO CREATE A COUNTYWIDE SYSTEM OF HEALTH, SAFETY AND RESILIENCE
Each of the 1oo% New Mexico initiative’s ten action teams coordinate their work with one another, along with representatives from state, county and city government. The initiative is a countywide capacity-building process that is focused on alignment of activities with agency leadership, stakeholders, elected officials and partners in the private sector coordinating efforts to achieve a shared goal: A fully-resourced county where 100% of residents can thrive.