New Mexico Is — Again — Ranked 50th in Child Well-Being | The Line

New Mexico Is — Again — Ranked 50th in Child Well-Being | The Line



can we just say that another Kids Count report placed in New Mexico at the bottom of the rankings of childhood well-being that's three of the last seven reports and Giovanna the executive director of New Mexico Voices for children as James Jimenez as you know says the damage was done over the last ten years due to underfunding it'll take a sustained effort a lot more money to undo that do you do you agree with that first of all though I think that definitely the last ten years particularly the years in the Martinez administration didn't help there were some things that that didn't happen although she did get credit in some of the news coverage for for some of the things expanding pre-k and the Medicaid expansions so so I think that we do need to look at this in in a historical view so definitely pinpointing some of the downfalls of the administration is is valid but you know but how far back do we go with that because the governor before her didn't exactly move the needle the governor before him didn't exactly do you know what I mean I think the point is that it's not just up to the governor right yeah so it's a relationship between the governor the legislature right and the community the business community has plays a big role or could and so it it it doesn't just come down to to the governor and there are some really deep issues here that can be looked at and I think it's worth mentioning that how are we measuring child well-being and the Annie E casey Foundation has been doing this a great job at it and New Mexico Voices for children is then you visit New Mexico you know arm of that or they do the Kids Count report for the for the foundation and I love that we're looking at child well-being or well-being for New Mexico through the lens of child well-being I think that's great however I think there could be some indicators that we're missing in terms of looking at child well-being and a couple of those are something near and dear to my heart family-friendly workplaces so our parents able to balance childcare and bringing up their kids and working that's a huge issue frankly has not received the attention it needs and so family friendly workplaces is one the status of women is another so equal pay you know whether women are getting the support they need in domestic violence issues so this is all interrelated right just look at that children as a stand alone right they're very connected to to the support from the parents Giavanna makes an interesting point because the rankings are based on 16 indicators under four major domains those four being economic well-being education health and family and community as giovanna just mentioned so if we're gonna have well children it seems pretty clear we have to have well families to be a little flip with the warning but you know what I mean one has to happen before the other it seems to me and that was giovanna's point here as well Oh Giovanna brings up some excellent points we don't respect too you know family-friendly workplaces absolutely it's interesting of those four different indicators that you just mentioned the last two as far as family and community and health tend to be our strongest areas that interesting ah but it's still not anything to hang our hat on it's health being the strongest of those which i think is interesting but also when you look at the education when you you know according to this report eighty percent of eighth graders are proficient and are not proficient in math seventy five percent are not proficient in reading as at the eighth grade level and so what that says is that you know we have a systemic issue which is starting to be remedied I shouldn't say starting everybody's been trying to take different bites of the Apple we're gonna talk about that except you bring that and stuff but but you know so I'll save my comments for later sure no sweat here that we can wind a little bit of that into we have some resources flowing into the system now the last session you know we have the first time in years years and years and again the same point we all know what happened last ten years or if you choose to 25 or 30 or Friday you know for education here how is it we get out of this morass is it just money is it a different kind of a commitment is it what Giovanna was pointing out that we have to get families whole first before we can talk about everything communities whole and it's really a all of the above sort of approach so it's absolutely a clear that we have a lot of public policy in the United States that doesn't recognize the effects doesn't recognize the importance of families and particularly the importance of what mothers do so I was listening to a BBC documentary driving down here and the person may be a point that if a a woman uses a formula to feed her infant that's counted in GDP but if she breastfeeds which has all these positive effects it doesn't get counted in a GD fascinating and think about all the things that are required to go into you know helping a a woman who's working also a continue out breastfeeding but I've often said that we really need to view this as a public health problem we have to look not just at what's happening with families and families are facing an enormous amount of stress in Albuquerque in rural areas but we have a lot of public health issues in communities so if you go to the world communities in the estate what about access to mental health care what about access to primary and specialty eye care there's a lot of things that would really move the needle in terms of welfare for our children that we've not had the money for but we also really haven't had the right lens for that's right you each I love that point because Janice I've had so many people over the years tell me we cannot fix any of this stuff for the children's health or a family health unless you can walk in the door virtually free or for very little money to solve your problems and statewide you gotta have a system you just walk in the door and immediately get after something and that's a level of commitment we're talking about here I would say well he made my point maybe the film incentives should be applied to health care why not and and it would change the dynamic but I want to go back because you're making some really good points so with this report it's not quite as it's been framed there 16 indicators and 12 saw improvement 12 mm-hmm to the government actually has no input on the most important one in most dramatic once was how many new single-family homes there are very interesting and the other one which i think is starting to come up and i think in the next decades you'll see that it grows unfortunately is low birthweight babies which may well be related to our opioid crisis so here's the good news New Mexico in New Mexico improved improved in 12 categories and in one category it was astounding teen births are down dramatically lots of people have worked on this yeah good job yep but the other way to look at this is while we are doing better inside the states around us are moving in leaps and bounds and we are not thank you that's important and that that is what this report tells me is yes yes we are making strides but we're not keeping up let's pick up on that that's interesting point we are making strides Javan it well you know there's some things it may be 1/2 percent here or there but it's on the up side at least it's on the positive is there enough to build on here is this something you're seeing some ray of light here – ok it's good to dig into the report right not just say well we're 50th and everything's terrible but actually look at where are we doing well and can we can we shift that even further and as as was reported James Jimenez of New Mexico Voices really wants to see a commitment from the governor and the legislature now working together to really move this forward and it's we have an opportunity with the new early childhood that's right and care Department so I think the governor has a real opportunity here – it's a really pinpoint and focus on on some issues yeah just to torture the metaphor we have a moonshot right now was how it was announced during the legislative session it's in the air when can we expect to see some return on the dollar so to speak these things come take years sometimes that's gonna be a difficulty to see if we can kind of get there we're out of time with our line panelists this we can go to or the Facebook page for find our warm up conversation about drag queens reading the kids at public libraries you can also find our Facebook live conversation about Juneteenth this week

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