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 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. For more information about these and more elements, please visit the Live Well Arizona website.

For 2018-2019, the Live Well Arizona Incubator selected five motivated teams that have identified a geographically-based health issue that lends itself to a multi-sector solution. These teams are matched with a coach to guide them through the collaboration process and prepare the team to expand its work.

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.

Sustainable Families – Sahuarita
This project will address economic self-sufficiency in this rural community. Sustainable Families 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.