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Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $189,500
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Central New Mexico is home to more than 8,000 youth ages 17-24 who are disconnected from education and the workforce, a circumstance that has enormous impact on their lives and our community. The vast majority of these kids have histories of homelessness, foster care involvement, poverty, parental abuse and neglect. Contending with substantial adversity and little support, these kids are at high risk for criminality, substance abuse, and suicide. Back on Track will connect these youth to the workforce and provide the extensive support needed to keep them on track to graduation, college, and career. By improving the outcomes of these vulnerable kids, this project will help improve our entire community.

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Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $50,000
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Encuentro is partnering with CNM to increase employment opportunities for low-income Spanish speaking immigrants who struggle with chronic under-employment resulting from low English language literacy and limited formal education. This project will increase the employability and financial stability of this primarily female group through participation in Encuentro’s linguistically appropriate Home Health Aid certification course and related English instruction. The project includes wrap-around services to students:  access to an onsite social worker, childcare during classes, and student scholarships to cover enrollment, textbook and lab costs.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $84,000
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Missing just two days of school a month puts a child at risk for falling behind and, if that happens in elementary school, it is more likely to become a habit. Across Albuquerque, APS Attendance teams at elementary schools that struggle with high rates of truancy will work with families and existing community resource partners to identify the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children to get them back on track to educational success  by solving the underlying problems that impact attendance such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, and family trauma. 

Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $180,955
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Through this project, CNM will offer dual-credit summer boot camps focused on reading, math, and college-readiness skills to students in low-income, Title 1 high schools, to better prepare them to meet high school graduation requirements and be successful in college.

Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $50,000
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

As many as 1 in 45 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, and incident rates are on the rise.  Explora and the New Mexico Autism Society are teaming up to provide STEM-rich learning experiences to prevent summer learning loss and minimize the achievement gap that results from unequal access to summer learning for autistic children for whom learning loss can be extreme. This project will also serve as a case study through which UWCNM and agency partners learn how engagement organizations such as museums and parks can work with agencies that support special populations to design programs to benefit children and families.

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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.


Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Crime Victim & Vulnerable Children Program

(Funded under Financial Stability)

Founded in 2010, the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center is the only legal service organization in New Mexico dedicated to advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants facing separation from their families.  Access to to legal services provided by NMILC enables immigrants to obtain legal status that can lead to better jobs, access to credit and bank accounts, reunification with family members, access to healthcare, increased educational opportunities for children and adults, and full participation in the civic life of our neighborhoods and communities.

This program is designed to increase self-sufficiency and financial stability for low-income immigrant victims of abuse, including children and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or trafficking, by providing free legal services. Our services result in clients’ access to work authorization and freedom from abusive living situations.

Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $62,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Crisis Services/Advocacy

The Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico's Crisis Services/Advocacy Program provides free 24/7 support/advocacy to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones throughout Central New Mexico, responding to 2200+ hotline calls & accompanying approximately 450 victims during SANE exams per year.

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Grant Amount: $20,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Dental Care In Your Home, Inc.

(Funded under Basic Needs)

We have been caring for homebound and special needs people since March 2012.  These vulnerable people often have their dental needs neglected.  If a tooth or gums become infected, the patient is often taken to an emergency room, if possible, to have the painful, infected area treated.  Since the emergency rooms do not have a dentist on staff, the patient is sent home with a pain killer and antibiotic prescriptions, but the source of the problem is not treated.  If it is too difficult to move the patient, they must suffer with the infection and pain, eat pureed food and loose the desire to smile, talk and participate in meals.   We can treat dental emergencies at the place of residence.

Having chronically inflamed gums puts a patient more at risk for cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia and some cancerous tumors.  Some of our patients already suffer from one or more of these conditions which can become worse from the bacteria that is abundant in an infected mouth.  

There are over 20,000 people who qualify for our services in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties.  We donate about 40% of the care that we give. Medicaid only pays for one dental cleaning and exam per year.  Many of our patients need cleanings at least three times per year to maintain oral health.  Some of our patients have no means to pay for dental care.  We are passionate that all people, of all ages, regardless of their circumstances, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or ability to pay, need to have healthy, pain-free, functional teeth or dentures throughout their life.

We have partnered with senior living facilities, memory care facilities, hospice companies, Special Olympics and Parents Reaching Out to let their clients or residents know that they can have professional dental care in their home or care facility.  We have contacted the New Mexico Dental Association and their members to let them know that we can continue the wonderful dental care the dentists provided for their patients when the patient could access a dental office.  We become the new and forever dental home for our patients.  

We get New Patient Forms filled out by the patients or their care providers.  These include the patient's health history, their consent for dental care by our providers, the HIPAA release form and any dental insurance they have.  Then the forms are faxed, emailed or mailed to our office, and our office manager contacts the patient or care provider to see if the patient needs any antibiotic  or premedication for anxiety so that our visit will be comfortable and safe for the patient.  We usually schedule an appointment for the patient in two weeks or less.  We take fully portable dental equipment to the patient.  We use only sterilized dental instruments and disposable products like the polishing cup, polish and saliva ejector.  A comprehensive examination of the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth is done by our dentist, and digital x-rays are taken if he feels he needs a closer look at a problem area of the mouth.  The next visit is the teeth cleaning appointment.  After the teeth are cleaned and polished, we apply a very small dot of 25% silver nitrate solution to any areas of decay or decalcification followed immediately by a 5% fluoride varnish.  This treatment stops decay, pain of infected teeth and helps the gums to stay free of plaque for several months.

The impact of our program helps the patients to have pain free and functional mouths, and they don't need to go to an emergency room for oral pain and infection.  This lessens the cost to the insurance companies or families. This helps the family or care facility to not have to watch their loved one or resident in pain.  Chronic conditions worsened by oral infection are kept in check.  Our patients can once again speak, enjoy eating and smile. A healthy mouth equals a better quality of life.

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