The Healthy Communities Institute provides training for collaborative project teams of practitioners who are interested in or already doing healthy communities work. The Institute is a series of 3 one-day trainings focused on developing the essential skills of building a collaboration and developing a successful project. In addition to the one-day trainings, the projects participate in monthly phone calls to continue their momentum and engage in peer learning.

There are 11 projects from across Arizona in our current Institute cohort. We will open applications for our next Institute cohort in summer 2017. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to be notified when we announce our next Institute and open our application process.

We created the Healthy Communities Institute to build the capacity of individuals and organizations doing healthy communities work across the state. In almost all communities, there are dedicated individuals representing a variety of sectors who understand their communities and the need to collaborate with other sectors to make their communities better places to live, but face a variety of challenges, including: limited skills in working in a collaborative practice, limited relationships with individuals working in other sectors, lack of resources and understanding how existing resources might be accessed for a project. We believe that with capacity building to address these issues, collaborations can be established, projects developed, and communities can thrive.

The Institute was first launched in the fall of 2016 and the Partnership has plans to continue to offer this Institute on an annual basis.