NYC active design lessons we can bring to Arizona

New York City might have a reputation for being one of the most walkable cities in the world, but they still are facing high rates of residents being overweight or obese. That’s why they’re rethinking city design to encourage physical activity. This great New York Times column shares how the city is designing for health by focusing on transportation, recreation, buildings and access to food. While New York City might be thousands of miles away from Arizona both geographically and metaphorically, they have a lot of good ideas that we can implement here, like creating …

September Training Institute: Now Taking Applications

The Partnership is looking for participants who wish to develop skills in building collaborative healthy community project teams. On September 9, 2016 from 9am-4pm, experts will share best practices for project development and collaborative skills that go into successful projects. Apply now. Click here to complete our online application.

Healthy Communities Opportunity Index Maps

At the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, we often say that “your zip code is more important to your health than your genetic code.” We know that there isn’t a silver bullet to solve the health problems that our state currently faces, and that improving health requires different sectors to work together. We wanted to dig a little deeper and learn what was happening with health across Arizona and where there were opportunities to make a impact on community health. To create these maps, 15 …

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Phoenix Voters Approve Comprehensive Transportation Plan

On August 25th, Phoenix voters approved a proposed transportation plan as part of a citywide election.  The plan, called Transportation 2050, was developed by a citizen-led committee of transportation experts and community advocates, and dramatically expands investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements.  Elements of the plan include building an additional 42 miles of light rail throughout the city, providing late night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide, and repaving over 680 miles of arterial streets.  The plan will be funded …

Housing to improve the health of “grandfamilies”

The Build Healthy Places Network highlights two cutting edge Arizona projects providing housing for grandparents raising grandchildren in their online essay A New Generation of Affordable Housing. Read about the challenges and the perseverance of two nonprofits, Tanner Properties and The Primavera Foundation, as they strive to meet the housing needs of this unique group. This story is part of a collection of long-form essays by the Build Healthy Places Network designed to illustrate the deep connections between neighborhood and health.

New policy primer on hospital Community Benefits

Goals that are further out in front of you can tend to appear fuzzy, complicated, and out of reach. They look that way, that is, right up until the moment that you start to connect the dots. Hospital Community Benefits and Healthy Community Development are no exception to this experience. Both of these subjects look complex and have a “devil-is-in-the-details” way of trying to slip your grasp. Each has its history also, but things are changing for both. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act created …