TCF aims to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of social, physical and mental health conditions by investing in the promotion of healthy behaviors. Supporting health is not just about good physical and mental health. It also includes access to health care, preventative activities, healthy choices and healthy foods. Through this path we work to support the development of a community environment where people feel safe and can lead a healthy lifestyle.
Holy Cross Hospital’s First Steps Program - “Part of our work at First Steps involves community collaboration with different agencies that support families in our community. Approximately 6-1/2 years ago a small group of providers committed to supporting breastfeeding….because we were hearing from our families that they were getting different messages about breastfeeding.” Goals were to support HCH in becoming a baby-friendly hospital, exclusively support breast feeding and eliminate formula feeding. Research shows that babies who are breastfed have better health outcomes, including lower incidence of childhood obesity and diabetes. Grant funds purchased diaper bags, water bottles, newborn t-shirts and nursing supplies for 100 families who would receive the “baby-friendly” diaper bags, rather than those provided by formula companies. 40 families have received thus far and requests from Labor and Delivery nurses to continue the project. “Our clients have expressed gratitude for the bag directly. They are excited to discover that the project is to support and promote breastfeeding in the community”
Artstreams: From the Well of Memory – “Taos Community Foundation funding to Artstreams for core support is meaningful in many ways. The funds advance the certainty of change I how our community takes care of the caregivers of Alzheimer’s and other dementia illness. Funds were used for administration, facilitation, supplies and materials for six monthly interactive museum sessions, six monthly support group meetings, three Reiki sessions for caregivers, as well as many resource materials provided to families free of charge. In the past six months, Artstreams has served over forty-five people directly.
Here is a sweet story of one of them:
Two new participants arrived for the art program at the Taos Fire Department. I recognized her partner immediately as an old acquaintance of mine. He was a long-time Taoseno, a fine artist himself. However, Lewy Body Dementia (a combination of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease) had now robbed him of that ability. He didn’t say much until I introduced the work of Gene Kloss, and influential artist of Taos’ past. His eyes perked up. He said softly, “I knew her”, and then he told his story. He had actually been invited to her studio once to discuss his work. She gave him a critique of several pieces. In parting, she advised him to “work hard”. To the tears of his partner, he remembered it all as if it was yesterday.