Improving the well-being of all Arizonans cannot be the work of health care or public health professionals alone. We need practitioners from multiple sectors and community members working together to improve the underlying conditions where people live. Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities and Vitalyst Health Foundation are partnering to support efforts that reflect this cross sector approach in communities throughout Arizona.
Research has shown that perhaps the greatest predictor of differences in our health, well-being and longevity is our zip code. A zip code is so powerful because it captures all of the elements of a healthy community. Community design, quality affordable food, education, housing, transportation and access to care are just some of the components.
More information about the many elements of a healthy community is available from Vitalyst Health Foundation.
The challenge for everyone is how to build a cross sector partnership to build and support a healthy community. Communities from around the state have shared that they do not have the tools or capacity they need to address the issues that make it difficult for their community to be healthy.
The Live Well Arizona Incubator is looking for motivated teams that have identified a geographically-based health issue that lends itself to a multi-sector solution.
- Is there a health issue that is impacting your community?
- Does it lend itself to a multi-sector approach?
- Are there others in your community who are also concerned about it and want to work with you to address it?
- Are you not sure where to begin?
If you have answered “yes” to these questions, the Live Well Arizona Incubator may be a good match for you. It is designed to help communities build their capacity in equitable, place based work by providing a coach who is experienced in these areas. The coach serves as a strategic thinker to help the team identify key stakeholders and strategies for including people with lived solutions. The coach helps the team to move toward solutions, they provide tools to move the work forward and support the development of an action plan. The coach will work with the team for 10 months to develop an action plan. At the end of the process, the team will be in a position to take the next steps in addressing the community issue.
In addition to the coaching, there will be an opportunity to interact with other teams from around the state. A small stipend is provided to assist with any Incubator related expenses.
Each team must be committed to:
- Work with the coach to identify and recruit key partners, including community members, and gain their commitment.
- Meet at least monthly with the team and coach.
- Arrange the logistics for their meetings.
- Work together through a collaborative process to clarify the challenge/issue and the change needed.
- Craft goals and objectives for a solution.
- Develop an implementation/action plan.
- Document the team’s progress.
- Participate in three virtual Incubator group meetings.
Teams will be selected based on the following criteria:
- The work is place based rather than population based.
- The work must be a project, not a program.
- The identified issue is a core element of a healthy community.
- The identified issue lends itself to a cross-sector response and solution.
- The applicant has an identified champion/leader that can lead the effort and be a foundation for a team effort.
The deadline to submit an application is October 16, 2020. Applicants will be notified by November 16, 2020. Selected projects participate in the Live Well Incubator January through October of 2021.