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Community Impact Projects

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UWCNM launched a new type of grant-making in 2016, designed to inspire collaborative, measurable solutions to our community’s most challenging issues. Community Impact Projects (CIPs) are targeted, multi-year investments focused on urgent needs in our community, with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement, scalability, and measurable outcomes. In 2016-17, seven CIPs were launched in the areas of youth behavioral health, adult transitions to college, summer learning, and attendance.

The following Community Impact Projects are currently being supported by UWCNM’s Community Fund.

Community Fund Partners

Program of:
Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $123,835
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019
Program Website: Centro Savila

Untreated behavioral health issues are associated with negative outcomes like interaction with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, poverty, homelessness, and self-harm. Children are far more likely to access the behavioral health services they need if those services are provided in schools. Working in partnership with schools, Centro Savila will provide prevention and early intervention services for students and families in an attempt to reduce the elevated rates of suicide, drug overdose, alcohol related deaths, and substance abuse among youth in our community, at a time in life when the negative outcomes of untreated behavioral health issues have the best chance of being avoided.

Health | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $149,650
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth demonstrate significantly higher rates of depression and suicide than their peers, so this project aims to improve their behavioral health and well-being by offering services to the youth and their families, along with training and consultation to youth serving organizations, including schools, teachers, and healthcare professionals. The goal is to make programs and facilities safe and supportive and to provide appropriate referrals if additional care or services are needed. This project has the potential for community-level change as institutions in our community learn best practices for serving this vulnerable and underserved population. This project will also serve as a case study through which UWCNM and agency partners learn how grassroots organizations serving the extremely underserved can begin to effectively measure their social impact.