Priority: Community Safety
New Mexico has the highest rate of personal injury in the nation, and Grant County has a higher rate of injuries than the state's average. To lower the rate inuries in our community the Health Council works with partners on serious community safety issues including:
Plans For Packs:
A program to educate 4th Graders on Emergency Preparedness with the Grant County Emergency Planner and the Department of Homeland Security in the first quarter of 2011. Both Cobre and Silver School Districts participated with 357 students received education on preparedness and backpacks filled with supplies to get their families ready for emergencies. Read more on our Highlights Page
Ready, Set, Safe Grant County!
: With an award from the National Library of Medicine, the Health Council hosted a community safety fair in April 2011. Over 17 agencies from around the county turned out to educate our community on how to lead safer lives. The main focus of the event was defensible space after the devastation of the recent Quail Ridge Fire, which claimed 13 homes.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Taskforce
The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Task Force meets the first Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. (noon) in the at the Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard . Everyone is welcome to attend.
Domestic Violence Task Force Plan
Reduce Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Incidences in Grant County
Changes / Additions from the April meeting are underlined
Strategy 1: Community Wide Education and Training
Indicator: Four Education Events and Trainings completed a year
Domestic Violence Task Force co-sponsors events associated with Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Advocate for an increased number of trainings for grade schools on the following topics: bullying, date rape, signs of domestic violence, signs of possible offenders
Development of a sexual assault and domestic violence resource guide
Task Force training and education committee to work with El Refugio on updating DV trainings and then presenting to the community.
Strategy 2: Grant County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Data Assessment
Indicator: Health Council Profile reflects increase in community data in sexual assault and domestic violence
Weapons usage in domestic violence research
Participate in Health Council's community assessment from June to November 2006 as advisory board on sexual assault and domestic violence issues
Strategy 3: Coordinated Community Response (Infrastructure and systems change)
Indicator: Increase in diversity by attendees of the domestic violence taskforce monthly meetings
Mobilize community and providers to attend taskforce to better advocate for clients. Key stakeholders such as law enforcement and district attorney will be invited.
Summit for sexual assault and domestic violence providers of services
Advocate for adequate legal representation for domestic violence victims
Develop a target list of entities to attend domestic violence meetings
Research Mutual Protection Orders and advocate for positive change
Continue to advocate for Emergency Protection Orders.
Research 72 hour hold on protection orders and advocate for positive change.
Advocate for a “court watch program” staffed by community volunteers.
Strategy 4: Increase response capacity for sexual assault victims
Indicator: SART nurse on staff at local hospital, creation of sexual assault support group
Building capacity within clinical (local hospital) and community providers in response to sexual assaults
Increase volunteers of SART team (sexual assault response team)
Advocate for a sexual assault support group
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