Don’t forget to submit your healthy communities idea

If you attended the 4th annual Arizona Healthy Communities Conference March 29th, you know it was an exciting day. We spent the day discussing how we can build communities of health and opportunity together. And if you stayed until the end of the day, you know that Vitalyst Health Foundation generously offered to help provide support for ideas coming out of this year’s Healthy Communities Conference. Vitalyst wants to support your work and can provide technical assistance and financial support. The foundation is offering mini-grants to help kickstart your …

Health Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

Like many places across the country, Arizonans had a real “aha” moment when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the VCU Center on Society and Health released their life expectancy map for the Phoenix metro area last year. Their study showed a 14-year difference in life expectancy for zip codes that are only a fifteen-minute drive apart. These maps have been excellent at capturing people’s interest and helping them to understand that place matters to health . At the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, we’ve …

What really makes us healthy?

A new video from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco explains the link between health and community development in less than four minutes. The top contributors to long-term health and life expectancy may be surprising to most. As it turns out, only a fraction of what affects our health is actually related to healthcare. To truly improve outcomes, we need to look beyond healthcare at a variety of factors that impact health, and the community development sector is poised to address this challenge.

A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Thrives In Food Wastelands

Roughly 30 million Americans—about 1 in 10—live in communities without adequate access to healthy food. NPR recently profiled Brown’s Super Stores, a chain of seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia. The stores have bus stations nearby and some even have community centers and health clinics. One key to their success? Their owner says: “Before we did anything, we brought together a group of community leaders, and we just asked them to tell us exactly what it is they were looking for …

Tracking Healthy Community Projects in Arizona

Welcome to the new website for the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities! On this site, you’ll find the latest information about the Partnership, but we’ll also share interesting research and news and showcase healthy communities projects in Arizona, like the Escalante Community Garden in Tempe pictured above. If there’s a project that will help improve health in your community, we want to know about it. Drop us a note and let us know how your community is making exciting steps to being a healthier place …