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A PANDEMIC’S IMPACT ON SERVICES
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.

A Pandemic’s Impact on Services

Vital Questions Require Answers

In so-called “normal” times before the COVID-19 pandemic, health disparities were a fixture of our society. The pandemic has only increased the stresses on the health care systems as well as created more urgency for people to have timely access to prevention and treatment. The most pressing questions for your city, county and state elected leaders and stakeholders include:

  1. How do we collect, analyze and publish the most timely data to guide prevention strategies?
  2. How do we ensure enough COVID-19 tests and testing sites?
  3. How do we ensure providers have the protective equipment required to be safe?
  4. How do we ensure enough contact tracing?
  5. How do we prevent homelessness and hunger if people in lock down or quarantine lose their job?
  6. How do we strengthen mask-wearing and social distancing?
  7. How do we ensure treatment, both hospital beds and providers?
  8. How do we distribute the vaccine with buy-in from the public?
  9. How do we address depression and trauma by ensuring access to behavioral health care?
  10. How are vital family services for surviving and thriving made accessible to 100% of residents?

As you can see, question #10 places access to ten vital services into a comprehensive state and local strategy to prevent the pandemic. The 100% New Mexico initiative’s framework for ending barriers to services is vital and our work is urgently needed in each county. New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules, PhD, wrote in his Op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun News, “100% New Mexico: A model for COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment”:

“…an effective response to the pandemic goes beyond the medical sector. The countywide response required ten accessible services, allowing families to keep stabilized, supported, fed and housed, in order to comply with the state’s public health guidelines and to endure quarantining, isolating, social distancing and mask-wearing.”

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Matt Probst, Medical Director, PA-C, El Centro Family Health, NM

100% Community is a comprehensive guide to big picture systems change, one we have been needing for decades to address health disparities. With my initiative’s county team empowered by the book, we’ve been empowered to mobilize all family-serving service sector leaders and elected officials, united in creating a system of care across the entire county that I believe will serve as a model for the country. We embrace the opportunity to design the new systems of care and safety we urgently need.

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Matt Probst, Medical Director, PA-C, El Centro Family Health, NM

100% Community is a comprehensive guide to big picture systems change, one we have been needing for decades to address health disparities. With my initiative’s county team empowered by the book, we’ve been empowered to mobilize all family-serving service sector leaders and elected officials, united in creating a system of care across the entire county that I believe will serve as a model for the country. We embrace the opportunity to design the new systems of care and safety we urgently need.

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