Announcing the Live Well Arizona Incubator

Improving the well-being of all Arizonans cannot be the work of health care or public health professionals alone; instead we need practitioners from multiple sectors working together with community members to improve the underlying conditions where people live. The Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities and Vitalyst Health Foundation are partnering to support efforts that reflect this cross-sector approach in communities throughout Arizona through our Live Well Arizona Incubator. Research has shown that perhaps the greatest predictor of differences in our health, well-being and longevity is …

Place Matters: The Intersection of Food and Health

As part of our work to show how factors outside of health care impact health, we are launching our “Place Matters” series. In these papers, we will identify successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes. Our second paper in this series, “Place Matters: Food and Health,” examines the connections between food access and health. We also offer a set of solutions for improving health by improving food security and access to healthy food. Our health is inextricably tied to where we live. Having access to healthy, …

Place Matters: The Intersection of Housing and Health

As part of our work to show how factors outside of health care impact health, we are launching our “Place Matters” series. In these papers, we will identify successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes and demonstrate how investing in healthy communities work can result in cost savings. Our first paper in this series, “Place Matters: The Intersection of Housing and Health,” examines the connections between housing and health. We also offer a set of solutions for improving health by investing in housing. This paper was …

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 …

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 …

Healthy Communities Highlight: Madison Heights

The old Madison Heights Apartments, near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road, consisted of 77 barrack-style units with evaporative/swamp coolers, no amenities, no community space, and challenges with infrastructure and flooding. The old units were demolished in 2015. In their place are 143 energy-efficient units with washers/dryers, dishwashers, and microwaves included. In addition, residents have access to community centers and play areas, as well as work force and job development programs and after-school tutoring. Madison Heights is something new: the first affordable housing project in …