Vitalyst Health Foundation and the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities are proud to announce the first cohort of Live Well Arizona Incubator teams. Teams from across the state will work for up to ten months with experienced coaching assistance to develop place-based, cross-sector collaborative health and well-being improvement. The five selected projects are:
Coffee Pot Farms – Teesto Chapter on the Navajo Nation
Ya’at’eeh, Coffee Pot Farms intends to promote holistic wellness through workshops, fresh and affordable produce production and a sustainable community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Residents will increase their capacity to grow and enjoy nutrient-dense foods that are currently lacking in Teesto. Through its success, Coffee Pot Farms will be making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Cobre Valley Collaborative – Globe/Miami
The Cobre Valley Collaborative team has ambitious goals ranging from improving educational opportunities, to increased inventory of quality affordable housing and development of accessible recreation opportunities. From the beginning, the Cobre Valley Collaborative team has embraced leadership from multiple sectors such as government, small business, education, the arts, youth and heavy industry.
South Mountain WORKS Coalition – South Phoenix
The South Mountain WORKS coalition aims to flip the script from “what is wrong with this child?” to “what happened to this child?” Through its Incubator project, the coalition will develop concrete goals, deliverables, and an action plan to address the root causes of trauma in South Mountain Village – which has the highest rates of adverse childhood experiences in the state.
Better Together Southern Arizona – Sahuarita
This project will address economic self-sufficiency in this rural community. Better Together has worked for two years to bridge the gap between residents and the resources available to them, helping to identify which areas lack resources. Through collaboration with their Live Well Arizona Incubator coach, they will establish goals and an action plan.
Yavapai County Food Recovery – Cottonwood
This food recovery and food mapping project will improve food access, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. Through a shared inventory of copious fresh food commodities, residents will both increase consumption of locally grown and culturally relevant foods and capitalize on the opportunity for an expanded agricultural market, potentially addressing joblessness and inspiring creative entrepreneurship.
The Live Well Arizona Incubator program will continue to grow and develop over the coming year. Additional information available here.