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 working together with community members 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.

A variety of teams who identified a geographically-based health issue that strive to achieve a multi-sector solution across the state were selected to participate in the Live Well Arizona Incubator. Teams are matched with a coach who guides them through the collaboration process and prepares the team to expand its work.

The 2022 teams:
CoNest Healthy Food Forum – Cochise County

Through the Healthy Food Forum powered by CoNest, community leaders envision a place where everyone in the local food system can collaborate and improve access to healthy food. The Healthy Food Forum will allow for deep connections to flourish in across this rural county through cross-sector partnerships and continued equitable community engagement. During their time in the Incubator, the Healthy Food Forum will define their community outreach plans, create a strategic plan and hone critical facilitation skills.

Favor Celestial Community Economic Development Initiative – Tucson
Barrio Kroeger Lane Neighborhood includes residents whose families have lived in the same area for up to seven generations, and the area has been continuously inhabited and cultivated for over 4,000 years. Yet the barrio is impoverished with many unmet needs. Favor Celestial Community Economic Development Initiative and its partners will build on years of community organizing to preserve the barrio. Using the community’s assets and research, they will create a rendering to assist with the beautification and betterment of the neighborhood.

Foundation for the Little Colorado River – Eagar-Springerville
The Foundation for the Little Colorado River plans to address recreation and resiliency for the residents of Eagar and Springerville by funding and operating a community swimming pool. The closure of the community pool in the early 2000s created a gap in recreation and left residents without a safe place to swim. Funding and building a pool will allow for affordable, local recreation opportunities and enhance the rural quality of life in the community.

Greenlee County Tourism Council – Clifton
The Greenlee County Tourism Council aims to establish a water park along the San Francisco River to improve access to outdoor recreation. The “Frisco Float and Trail” project will include promotion of the Clifton birding trails adjacent the river and the design of a high-profile beach park. During their time in the Incubator, this collaborative will communicate and maintain dialogue with members of the Greenlee County community and use this multi-faceted task force to develop an action plan.

Regenerating Sonora – Superior
Regenerating Sonora addresses community health at the social level through its diverse partners who are reflective of the many talents and assets in Superior. To better support residents struggling with addiction and youth who lack opportunities for social activities, this group plans to open a community center and create programs and services for community members. A community garden and story gathering initiative will further their efforts to tackle social and cultural cohesion in the Superior community.

The 2021 teams:
Cartwright School District – Phoenix
Cartwright School District and their partners aim to improve safety and access to healthy food for the residents within their community. Lack of quality food available, education about nutrition and long-term well-being are areas they plan to address to achieve a better quality of life for everyone in their community.

Cesar Chavez Foundation:  Si Se Puede Neighborhood Association – Phoenix
The Cesar Chavez Foundation strives to improve the lives of vulnerable populations through initiatives that address social determinants of health.  Led by the residents of the Casa Pedro Ruiz housing site in the Si Se Puede Community in Phoenix, the plan is to engage new partners and community residents to address the issues identified in a recent community assessment.

Sugar Hill Community Land Trust – Tucson
The Sugar Hill neighborhood is a historically disenfranchised community that continues to suffer the repercussions of racist urban planning and design. Their goal is to create and operate a regenerative, robustly multi-functional community land trust that will allow for community stewardship of community land. Sugar Hill neighborhood has a community garden, a bike/pedestrian friendly infrastructure and green infrastructure which all contribute to Sugar Hill’s vision of mitigating racial and environmental injustice.

TigerMountain Foundation – Phoenix
TigerMountain Foundation is an intergenerational, multi-ethnic, Asset Based Community Development model nonprofit with at-risk youth and adults of all ages in South Phoenix. While their primary objective has been to provide the community with affordable, local produce, they are expanding their efforts to develop a community of support for beginning and disadvantaged farmers that will give them a more powerful voice in agricultural policies in Maricopa County.

The 2019-2020 teams:
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District – Cottonwood
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is working to secure a viable future for youth and community to grow future leaders who want to remain in the Verde Valley.  The children of this school district need a vision for themselves and their community despite current economic hardship and poverty.

Kore Press – Tucson
The Kore Press Gender Diversity Community Collaborative aims to address the issue of safe, inclusive, and equitable classrooms and learning space for LGBTQIA+ youth.  Kore Press Institute is dedicated to social and gender justice through publishing contemporary literature, education and innovative community collaborations that keep the concerns and experiences of the most marginalized at the center.

Menlo Park Neighborhood Association – Tucson
Menlo Park Neighborhood Association is addressing Healthy Community Design by undergoing the process of developing a Neighborhood Plan that will allow the community to be engaged in the envisioning, design and execution of equitable development for all stakeholders.

Mohave County Department of Public Health – Mohave County
Mohave County Department of Public Health’s goal is to increase community capacity to address mental health issues before they reach a level requiring critical response.  Mental health training to individuals would provide tools and resources to identify and address the broad spectrum of social and environmental conditions that contribute to the condition in Mohave County.

Weaver Mountains Health Initiative – Weaver Mountains Area
Weaver Mountains Health Initiatives is working to address the lack of access to health care services in their region.  The population of this area not only includes families of children with special health care needs but also the community is largely made up of seniors who have a high frequency of health-related challenges, appointments and issues.

The 2018-2019 teams:
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.