The Community Summit brought together more than 300 community members to talk about what we can do to meet the challenge of substance abuse. Organizers were stunned: “We hoped to get a hundred people, maybe. But it all came together. So many people talking about how our community can be more recovery-friendly- it was energizing!” The 17-page Summit report, including an Executive Summary highlighting the events and outcomes of the Summit, and several detailed appendices with notes and transcripts from the event can be downloaded by clicking here.
The big question at the end of the day was: What next? Now that so many people have been drawn into the discussion, and expressed their commitment to making Taos a recovery-friendly community, where does it go from here? What do you
think about the report, and what are your
ideas about where to go from here?
What Success Looks like
The population of Taos County is about 33,000 people. More than 300 people came to the Summit: nearly one percent of the population. We had all kinds of resources there: More than thirty organizations came to showcase their resources for prevention, treatment, healthy living, professional training, recovery and more. Networking happened. Providers and resources connected with each other. Community representatives with all kinds of concerns and interests met each other and shared information. Business cards were exchanged, brochures and information distributed. We overheard:
“We need to get together.” “I didn’t know you were in Taos County!” “I didn’t know you guys do this.” “How can we get this to Questa?” “Let’s have coffee and talk about how we can work on this.” “Yes, we can come out to Arroyo Hondo.” “My kids need to see this!” “Thanks for the flu shot.”
All kinds of leaders were there: Lt. Governor Pat Romero of Taos Pueblo, the District Attorney, Taos City Council members, delegates from Representative Lujan and Governor Martinez, and the NM State Department of Transportation. They had a chance to see how much this matters to our community. They participated. They asked when the report from the Summit will be available, and what they can do to be part of the follow-up. All kinds of leaders were there: Teachers, pastors, law enforcement officers, doctors, parents, students, healers, artists, people in recovery. They asked questions. They shared ideas. They told their experiences. And they wanted to know what they can do to keep the energy going. So what can we do to keep success happening? Here are three things you can do: Click here to go to our “Contact Us”