Vitalyst Health Foundation and the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities have selected five new projects to form the 2019-2020 Live Well Arizona Incubator cohort. Acting on a large body of research that our greatest predictor of differences in health and well-being is zip code, both organizations are teaming up for the Incubator in order to help stimulate geographically-based health improvement across Arizona.
From improving access to health care services in rural communities to providing safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, the Incubator’s primary purpose is to catalyze place-based, cross-sector collaborations that tackle opportunities to improve community well-being and health. By pairing projects with an experienced coach who guides them over eight to ten months as they address a location-based health concern, they will develop solutions that will bring together people from many industries and interests to address the underlying causes of ill-health in their community, rather than merely the symptoms.
The five selected projects in the second cohort of the Live Well Arizona Incubator are:
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District
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.
The Kore Press Gender Diversity Community Collaborative based in Tucson 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
Menlo Park Neighborhood Association in Tucson is addressing healthy community design by undergoing the process of developing a Neighborhood Plan that will allow the community to be engaged in the visioning, design, and execution of equitable development for all stakeholders.
Mohave County Department of Public Health
Mohave County Department of Public Health’s goal is to increase community capacity to address mental health issues before they reach a level requiring a 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 Health Initiative 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.