The Urban Farming WorkBook provides an overview of key concepts and innovations, as well as resources and toolkits. Topics covered range from starting an urban agriculture enterprise to the community benefits of urban farms.
Established in 2010 as the nation’s first funding stream dedicated to improving public health, the Prevention and Public Health Fund invests over $9 million per year to protect Arizona from disease outbreaks and to reduce downstream health care costs. This report, published in partnership with the Arizona Public Health Association, examines the Fund’s investments in Arizona, which include immunizations, smoking cessation, diabetes prevention, opioid treatment, and more.
What do jobs, education, neighborhoods and inclusion have to do with health? Everything.
Beginning in May, the 2017 Year of Healthy Communities will shift its attention to the next four elements of a healthy community and we invite you to join us as experts, connectors and learners. Economic Opportunity, Educational Opportunity, Social and Cultural Cohesion and Social Justice will be our topic areas as we identify, lift up and connect efforts to improve health and well-being in Arizona.
Since January, Vitalyst has launched the livewellaz.org website, hosted two webinars featuring eight guest experts (recordings available here and here), made dozens of presentations, and produced workshops in a variety of settings to a diverse set of audiences. Our team is excited to offer new workshops in May and June that will range from universities to municipalities and association conferences.
Here is where you come in.
1. Continue your submissions to livewellaz.org element pages (links to submit are found at the bottom of each element page) so that we can share the good news of your organization, your work and your events (submit your event here).
3. If you are from the sectors of Educational Opportunity, Economic Opportunity, Social and Cultural Cohesion and Social Justice, be part of a website workshop webinar specifically dedicated to resources from your sectors on June 20 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Contact Vitalyst Health Foundation (email email@example.com or call 602-385-6500) to attend the workshop in-person or register to attend online.
4. If you would like to discuss a workshop opportunity with your organization, city, school or town, you can also call us at 602-385-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to connect.
We thank everyone for their time and energy in this effort to build networks, strengthen collective efforts and improve health and well-being. We look forward to more great connections and work to come.
Vitalyst Health Foundation’s 2016 Innovation Grant funded partners are:
- Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, receiving $125,000 to establish the Cochise County Food Value Chain Initiative. The Initiative will bring local, healthy food to people in health care institutions and incentivize local food production by increasing demand.
- Feeding Matters, receiving $125,000 to launch the Pediatric Feeding Struggle Advocacy and Early Intervention Model. The model collaboratively creates a medically recognized name for pediatric feeding struggles and establishes replicable and scalable norms for identification, early intervention and reimbursement.
- Pima County Health Department, receiving $120,000 to develop the Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead (MAMA) MAMA is an 18-month pilot project designed to map a new approach to achieve better health outcomes for young mothers in poverty and their children. The project will focus on both individual behaviors and systems change.
- West Valley Community Paramedicine through the City of Goodyear Fire Department received $125,000 to establish a Community Paramedicine Consortium in the West Valley to include Goodyear, Peoria, Sun City, Avondale and Surprise. The regional pilot will work collaboratively to address patients that are high frequency utilizers of the 911 system as well as develop a regional training curriculum.
Vitalyst Health Foundation was honored to join with the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) as a collaborator in the grant review and funding process for a second consecutive year. The process resulted in ACF agreeing to provide funding for two additional proposals:
- Accept the Challenge, will receive $25,000 to expand the Operation Tone-Up initiative through the use of the internet to educate youth on healthy living and improve health-related fitness through exercise demonstrations and education.
- San Carlos Apache Tribe, will receive $70,900 to revise and improve the Pathways Into Health 5th Grade Curriculum and develop a toolkit that can be shared with other Tribes.
Medical Assistance Program Grants
Following is a listing of Medical Assistance Program grants approved by Vitalyst’s Board of Trustees in 2016.
|Alhambra School District||$15,000|
|American Academy of Pediatrics||$8,000|
|Area Agency on Aging (Hearing & Vision)||$67,500|
|Arizona Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired||$80,000|
|Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation||$50,000|
|Foundation for Blind Children||$50,000|
The 2017 Year of Healthy Communities is about celebrating, connecting and expanding statewide efforts to improve health and well-being. That’s why we’re calling on – and calling for – your contributions, connections and expertise.
We want your work to gain visibility, support and connection at a new level – whether your organization focuses on transportation, education, economic opportunity, housing, food, or any of the Elements of a Healthy Community.
Two radio-show style webinars have already taken place featuring eight different guest experts, and are now available for playback here and here. Four-to-six similar shows focused on the remaining elements are in the planning stages and ready for your participation. Multi-disciplinary workshops are being planned at Arizona’s major universities. Cross-departmental meetings are being set up with cities and counties. University, city, and county stakeholders have been invaluable resources – and we’d like you to join them.
Your work belongs in these webinars, conversations and workshops. It belongs on the livewellaz.org website. Your events can gain additional exposure as well. We simply need to hear from you. Online, you can provide us all the details for website content (links for submissions are found at the bottom of each element page) and event promotion (by clicking here). We also welcome you to contact Vitalyst directly. If you are from the sectors of Access to Care, Food Access, Transportation or Affordable Quality Housing, then register today to join us online or in-person for a “website content workshop” on March 20. You can also call us at 602-385-6500 or email email@example.com to schedule a time to connect.
2017 is our year to identify, connect and build together towards improved health and well-being. We look forward to learning more about, sharing and promoting your great work.