Second Annual Northern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference

Childhood Well-Being in Northern New Mexico:

Trauma & Resilience – From Symptoms to Systems Change

November 5, 2019
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508
8:30AM – 4PM

REGISTER NOW HERE! Tickets are $35.

Proposals to offer BREAKOUT LEARNING SESSIONS are due October 11. Click here to apply.


In New Mexico, our children and families undoubtedly have the odds stacked against them – we see this in the data that show our state has the highest rate of child poverty and of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). And yet, our communities are also full of resourcefulness, resilience, and connections. Families, service providers, advocates, and policymakers are coming together in towns, counties, and statewide to solve problems creatively, to do things differently, and to apply what we already know will work.

NM Voices for Children and partners will host the second annual Northern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference: Childhood Well-Being in Northern New Mexico: Trauma & Resilience – From Symptoms to Systems Change. This event aims to bring together those committed to making opportunities for children more abundant, lasting, and meaningful. We won’t ignore the data or the very real suffering being faced by families. We will offer a space to learn and speak about the challenges we’re facing, to exchange solutions and stories, and to meet with and hear from change-makers in the state, including policymakers, activists, and those on the front lines. A sobering yet hopeful, strengths-based gathering towards truly preventing and disrupting cycles of harm to our children and families. The event aims to increase our collective knowledge and ability to address both the symptoms of trauma in and lack of well-being for children, AND the systems that enable such cycles to continue. It aims to profile resilience and resolution by hosting speakers and learning sessions presented by community leaders, decision-makers, and service providers, leveraging northern New Mexico’s unique strengths and assets as we seek to create more resilient communities statewide.

Don’t forget that November 5th is election day in many northern New Mexico counties. To find out more, please click here



















Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, MSW, Ph.D
Co-Principal Investigator & Senior Director of Policy & Programs, National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC)
Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman (Nakota, Dakota, Anishinabe, Shoshone), is the former tribal senior policy advisor at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and founding director of the NNCTC. Dr. Bruguier Zimmerman has been a member of numerous national, state, and local committees and work groups including the U.S. Presidential Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and the Advisory Committee of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. Dr. Bruguier Zimmerman provides expertise in trauma-informed change in systems serving American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. 

Brian Blalock, MA, JD
Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department
Brian Blalock was previously the law and policy director at Tipping Point Community, a San Francisco nonprofit that works to educate, employ, house, and support impoverished residents. A lecturer on youth law and policy at Stanford Law School, Blalock co-founded and co-directed a $100 million initiative targeting chronic youth homelessness in San Francisco through public sector research and development, and has worked directly on state and local legislation on foster care, juvenile justice, and youth homelessness. At Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides low-income people with free civil legal assistance, Blalock founded and directed the Youth Justice Project, providing direct representation for at-risk youth, and co-founded the Alameda County Collaborative Court, a specialty juvenile mental health court. Blalock was the co-founder of the YPACT Youth Leadership Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., developing curriculum for at-risk youth focusing on harm reduction and youth development. He has been a teacher training instructor at Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House and an English and social studies teacher in the Bronx. Blalock earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s of theological studies from Harvard University, a master’s of South Asian studies from Columbia University, and a law degree from Stanford.

Breakout Session Schedule


Obtain CEU Credits!

If you’d like CEU credits, the following will be available for $20 each: NASW, ECE training credits, Infant Mental Health providers, and counselors.


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