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.
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.
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. These teams were matched with a coach who guided them through the collaboration process and prepared the team to expand its work.
The 2019-2020 projects:
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 disabilities 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 projects :
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.