Priority: Family Resiliency
Family Resiliency Community Action Team (FICCS) meets to plan the Red Hot Children's Fiesta, please call for next meeting time and place.
The Aguilar Family with the Proclamation for Family Dinner Night at G. W. Stout Elementary, 2007
Family resiliency: What is it, and why is it a Grant County Wellness Priority?
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from stress and crisis. It is displayed in individuals as optimism, resourcefulness, and determination. Individuals, families, and communities demonstrate resiliency when they build caring support systems and solve problems creatively. Families that learn how to cope with challenges and meet individual needs are more resilient to stress and crisis. Healthy families solve problems with cooperation, creative brainstorming, and openness to others. (Family Resiliency: Building Strengths to Meet Life’s Challenges, National Network for Family Resiliency Children, Youth and Families Network CSREES-USDA)
Resilient behavior is especially critical for the most vulnerable children and families. Today’s societal challenges require education and service programs that help counteract the impact of poverty, illness, substance abuse, and violence. Prevention and early intervention efforts help build coping skills that can reduce the need for expensive, crisis-level services.
Developing public policies that strengthen family resiliency requires a shift from strategies based on the “disease” model to strategies that support the “wellness” model. —Herbert Lingren, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
Grant County has many of the factors that negatively impact family resiliency including:
29% of children live in poverty.
39% of children live in single parent households.
58% of children are eligible for free lunch program.
Ranks 17 in NM counties (33 counties) for Domestic Violence with a rate of 5.9 per 1000. 35% of DV reports involved drugs or alcohol . (2009)
The Health Council attempts a multi-faceted approach to strengthening family resiliency in our community by addressing individual, family and community needs. All our efforst are open to the community for involvement! Call (575) 388-1198 ext. 10 to find out how you can be involved!
Some of our past and present projects:
Family Dinner Night
events and promotion - The best resiliency factor? Eating dinner 3 to 5 times a week with your family! This one act can lower yoru children's chances of using alochol or other drugs. (See above the Aguilar family and the Harvey Ladies from G.W. Stout Family Dinner Night in 2007)
National Infant Immunization Week
- Every year the Health Council applies for a grant to support immunizations in our community! In 2010, 160 immunizations were given to 68 children with our four community partners: Hidalgo Medical Services (Silver City & Bayard Clinics), Silver Health Care, and Grant County Public Health Office.
WNMU Resident Assistant Community Resource Trainings
- We coordinate community services to educate resident assistants at WNMU to be better able to access resources for the benefit of students.
Planning for a Cool Summer
- Begun by HMS, the Health Council now coordinates this event every May that helps connect families with all the fun summer activities available for children in our community.
Grant County: Great Place to Raise a Family -
A four year project to bring family resource guides to those that need them most. Susie Trujillo & Vicki Johnson compiled hundreds of family resources from service brochures to bird watching and trail guides to benefit families in our community. (See some of the resources on the photo above of table covered with stacks of colored material)
Family Kite Day
- Silver City is the birth place of the International Kite Flying Association
, founded in 1964 by Robert M. Ingraham. To celebrate our community's kite flying history, we sponsored kite-making and kite-flying in April of 2006-08, as part of our Four Seasons of Fun, family-freindly events for every season. Call the office at 388-1198 if you are interested in seeing this Kite Day return to Grant County!
Family Play Day
- Family bonding is all about spending time together--and playign together promotes family bonding. So the Children's Life Cycle
sponsored a family play day!
In 2007, the community joined together for a day of planning for change. The following strategies were selected and activities drafted to strenthen Family Resiliency in Grant County.
Family Resiliency Plan FY07
Increase number of families engaging community resources in a preventive manner
Strategy 1: Support families to access services
Indicator: Increase the number of families accessing services
Support families to access services
School and public education system of support and interaction for families
Substance abuse---promote dangers associated with substance abuse
Promote Risk Factors associated with substance abuse
Strategy 2: Encourage families to play together
Indicator: Sampling of programs and family participants will show in numbers
Children's event in conjunction with community events
Four Season of Fun
Filioplay that promote bonding at an early age with children and parents
Strategy 3: Teach Parents About Pre-crisis Warning Signs
Indicator: Parents report in survey that their understanding of pre-crisis warning signs has increased
Marketing and outreach to inform on pre-crisis warning signs
August dinner with your family month
Promote services available
Assessment of services and what media reaches them
Civic Activism -volunteer time for kids instead of just hanging out
Strategy 4: ID and remove barriers to resiliency
Indicator: Data on prevention referrals
Assessment why pride/guilt
`Families in trouble' is negative do something positive maybe “Who I am makes a difference”
Educative activities for kids after school
Strategy 5: Assessment of impact/effect of suicide on families and their associated needs
Indicator: Suicide prevention taskforce established for Grant County
Service list for those affect by suicide
Support and assist in formation of suicide prevention task force
Qualified staff and mental health that are for children (counselors, psychologists and such)
Qualified early childhood , children mental health personal
Develop strategy for providing mental health
Mental health on a family unit scale instead of individual (wrap around services)
Develop on the network
Increase availability of mental health services/staffing
Support group for parents dealing with mental health or discipline issues