Heroes of the COVID Crisis: How Author Dominic Cappello & The Anna, Age Eight Institute Helped Ensure Timely Medical Care For all New Mexicans

An Interview With Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine
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10 min readJun 2, 2020

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Every day I hear from heroes committed to social justice and working to create cities, towns, and communities where all residents have access to the vital services that provide health, safety, and training for jobs that align with the future job market. Once we get 33 counties working in New Mexico with 100% Community, there are just about 3000 more counties to go across the nation. It’s all very doable as heroes exist in each of our 50 struggling states.

As part of my series about people who stepped up to make a difference during the COVID19 Pandemic, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dominic Cappello.

Cappello is a New York Times bestselling author with decades of experience advocating for public health, safety, and systems of care. An advocate for continuous quality improvement in the public sectors, he promotes a data-driven, cross-sector, and technology-empowered county capacity-building process. Cappello is also the co-author, with Dr. Ortega Courtney, of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving to guide local leadership in every state and county in their work designing fully-resourced cities and towns where vital services like health care, among ten surviving and thriving services, meet the needs of all families and community members. He and Dr. Courtney are also co-authors of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which serves as an urgently needed call-to-action for each state to end adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, social adversity and health disparities. Cappello worked for the New Mexico Department of Health Epidemiology and Response Division and the New Mexico Child Protective Services Research, Assessment, and Data Bureau, where he co-developed the Data Leaders for Child Welfare program

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Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business”, “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention”, and “Blood on my hands