To improve the effectiveness of community-based organizations and alliances, Vitalyst Health Foundation focuses on providing capacity building and facilitation for selective strategic alliances and coalitions. This is done through the Alliance Fellowship, the Alliance Facilitators, and Technical Assistance Wrap-Around Consulting (TAWAC).
The purpose of the Alliance Fellowship is to develop master facilitators who will work with nonprofits, government agencies and other social change entities. It serves as a catalytic hub for facilitators of system change efforts to learn from and with each other. During this nine-session program, Fellows develop high-level facilitation skills that can then be applied to a wide range of alliances and other situations.
The Alliance Facilitators effort matches experienced facilitators with alliances that support Vitalyst Health’s priority areas. Alliance Facilitators work with alliances and coalitions to improve mission alignment and re-articulation, governance infrastructure development, strategy and implementation development and fund/resource development among other alliance components.
Finally, the purpose of Technical Assistance Wrap-Around Consulting (TAWAC) is to build the capacity of individual organizations to be effective members of alliances and coalitions that can work along the policy continuum. Organizations who are active members of alliances that support Vitalyst Health Foundation’s priority areas are eligible for a comprehensive TAWAC intervention.
Vitalyst Health Foundation currently supports the following alliances:
The Canyon Corridor Neighborhood Alliance (CNNA): The vision for the Canyon Corridor neighborhood is a thriving, healthy, and culturally diverse community. The mission of the Canyon Corridor Neighborhood Alliance is to leverage resources that build strong relationships through communication and sharing of knowledge to enhance the quality in the Canyon Corridor. CCNA is using its quality of life plan to help catalyze residents and organizations to work on short-term and long-term projects that will positively impact how people live, work, learn, pray and play in the Canyon Corridor.
Cultivating South Phoenix (CUSP): CUSP’s vision is all families in South Phoenix have affordable access to healthy foods, active living and the healthy roots of their culture. Their mission is to promote the wellness of families and children in South Phoenix by supporting and leveraging the efforts of a broad range of organizations with a shared vision of improving the natural, build and social environment. CUSP is a recent awardee of a Vitalyst Health Foundation Innovation Grant and is working on its second initiative, Spaces of Opportunity (SOO). SOO intends to refashion the food system in South Phoenix to better reflect the community’s interests and values and otherwise promote healthy food access, health literacy and economic development.
Arizona Alliance for Liveable Communities (AALC): AALC’s mission is to educate, engage, and encourage communities and decision makers to transform cities and towns in ways that improve health, livability, and wellbeing. The group is comprised of various nonprofits, state, and local entities that are committed to helping Arizonans create vibrant, livable communities. Whether it’s advocating for transit oriented development, thoughtful connectivity including robust biking and walking routes, or ensuring that open space is preserved, AALC is dedicated to providing collaborative opportunities to integrate healthy community design into decision-making.
Food Policy Council: Food policy councils are a widely-recognized policy strategy to ensure that a region’s food environment is equitable and sustainable for all. Working with several partners (including Maricopa County Department of Public Health, U of A, Valley of the Sun United Way and the City of Phoenix) Vitalyst Health Foundation developed an RFP and has hired a consultant to lead the development of a food policy council for Maricopa County. Vitalyst Health will provide funding for the consultant, which will be augmented by in-kind and additional funding from other partners. We have also applied for a national grant that would provide a $1:$1 match of Vitalyst Health Foundation’s investment.
Phoenix Policies & Practice Work Group: This work group is currently exploring how to embed health into policies and practices that impact the health of the City of Phoenix.