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Facilitation Center Completes Project in Southern New Mexico

CAASNM Community Forum

The Facilitation Center at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) just completed a seven month project with the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) to conduct their 2018 Community Needs Assessment and facilitate the development of their 2018-2023 strategic plan.  CAASNM’s mission is to partner with New Mexicans to overcome adversity by connecting communities, encouraging family wellness, empowering families and bridging resources.  They serves clients in five southern New Mexico counties, including Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra, as they strive to achieve their vision of thriving, equitable communities.  In 2017, CAASNM reached more than 20,000 individuals and families in the region.

The Community Needs Assessment was an environmental scan with information collected directly from clients and community members through surveys, community forums and interviews.  The responses included more than 500 survey and paper surveys in both English and Spanish, a community forum, a staff and board Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and telephone interviews with more than 20 representatives from a wide variety of community agencies and organizations.   This information was corroborated with secondary sources to narrow the issues into the top five problems for each county by magnitude and severity.  The results of the analysis was used to develop the CAASNM 2018-2023 strategic plan and determine organizational priorities based on the direct feedback of the community regarding their needs.

Contact Information

Stefanie Ashley

Published on October 31, 2018

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