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HIPMC: Community Initiatives and Resources
The Community Cloud of the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County focuses on improving health outcomes by addressing issues and activities that touch people through the course of everyday life in Maricopa County. The Community Cloud is also where health issues relating to physical, environmental, social, or cultural characteristics may be addressed.
Health improvement strategies include improvements in the built environment to promote physical activity and increase access to healthy food and healthcare services. Others areas of focus include outreach to hard to reach populations, developing a Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs Health Policy Coalition, and increasing awareness and accessibility of findhelpphoenix.org to underserved populations.
Please click here to view the 2012-2017 Community Health Improvement Plan which includes objectives related to areas mentioned above and more. To join the Community Cloud, please Contact Us.
HIPMC Partner Champions: Community
This list contains local organizations or coalitions that are aligned with health priorities in the 2012-2017 Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan. Through these initiatives, organizations have demonstrated their commitment to health improvement through policy change, advocacy, health promotion, or interventions in Maricopa County. Specific objectives from partners highlighted below can be found in the CHIP Workplan (updated quarterly).
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to its progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.
The American Cancer Society is actively working to establish a commitment with several Federally Qualified Health Centers and schools in Maricopa County to promote the 2016 Great American Smokeout by providing education with the goal of increasing awareness around lung cancer prevention and early detection including screenings, as well as risk factors related to tobacco use.
As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, the American Cancer Society is committed to ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
The mission of the Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities is to educate, engage, and encourage communities and decision makers to transform cities and towns in ways that improve health, livability, and well-being. With a focus on including health considerations within diverse sectors such as housing, education, transportation, food systems and land use, the Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities uses advocacy and health impact assessments to illuminate the health implications of programs, policies and plans to become more supportive of individual and community health. Learn more at LivableAz.org.
The Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and/or paralysis and their families, throughout Arizona, in order to ensure the maximum possible physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social recovery. The Association focuses on peer and family support, education of consumers, families, caregivers, and professionals, and linking people to vocational, social, and recreational resources. AzSCIA offers several programs to the community to engage in quality of life programs. Programs offered are: SCI Empowerment Training, Wheelchair Skills Clinic, Educational Classes, Educational Conferences, Peer Mentoring, Support Groups, Information & Resource Referral, and Social/Recreational activities. All classes and programs are tailored to meet the needs of the community, their family members, students, and professionals. Learn more at www.azspinal.org .
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 23,000 young people in grades K-12. At twelve clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas:
Fun With a Purpose
Be Great, Do Good
The BGCMP recognizes that proper dental care is necessary for childhood development. Adjacent to its I.G. Homes Branch at 1601 W. Sherman St in Phoenix, the Bob and Renee Parsons Dental Clinic is a full-service facility that provides services for children 5-18 who lack dental insurance and do not qualify for state assistance. Some of the services available include comprehensive oral exams, x-rays, sealants, fillings, extractions, root canals, and emergency surgery.
To learn more, visit http://www.bgcmp.org.
The City of Phoenix Housing HOPE VI Community and Supportive Services Program (CSS) has implemented With Every Heartbeat Is Life Program (WEHL) for the past six years. This program is a culturally diverse curriculum developed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and intended to be delivered with the assistance of community health workers. The CSS Program in Phoenix hired a Community Health Work Coordinator who delivers a Train the Trainer Program to interested housing participants who are paid stipends as Community Health Workers/Promotores to deliver the program in both English and Spanish.
The CSS Program partners with many community agencies including Phoenix Revitalization Corporation and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation to provide incentives, ancillary nutrition, exercise and health assessment classes. The curriculum is designed for Latino, African American, Native American and Asian communities and examines how participants can learn new ways to cook traditional, heart healthy foods to improve the overall outcome of health, engage families to eat healthier, exercise, and understand how to avoid chronic disease and the prevent lung disease through smoking cessation. The CSS Program is working to increase the current number of WEHL trainers and workshops, as well as expand its current audience to include non-public housing sites. Learn More
Founded in 1970, Esperança is a global nonprofit organization that improves health and provides hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment.
In early 2014, The Aetna Foundation awarded grant funding in the amount of $30,000 to Esperança for Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor). The funding provided will allow Esperança staff to provide nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity education to un-and-under-insured families living in poverty in the Phoenix metro area. Residents are primarily Latino and disproportionately suffer from poor nutrition and obesity.
By the end of 2015, Esperança plans to work with Osborn Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Murphy Elementary Elementary School Districts to provide the Salud con Sabor para los Niños (Health with a Latin Flavor for Kids) curriculum to 45 students encouraging healthy eating and the importance of physical activity. In partnership with CASS Murphy Dental and Desert Mission Dental clinics, Esperança will provide preventative oral health education to 2,500 children at these same districts. To learn more about Esperança, visit esperanca.org.
The City of Phoenix created Fit PHX in January 2013 with the goal of improving health and wellness in the region and making the Phoenix area one of the healthiest in the nation. Led by Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, this program encourages residents to lead healthier lifestyles, focusing on obesity, nutrition education, coronary heart disease, asthma, and encouraging the use of public transit, bicycling and walking to work. FitPHX also strives to work with businesses, nonprofits and other government agencies to develop partnerships to broaden its resources and scope. Read More
The mission of the George Benjamin Brooks Sr. Community School in the Roosevelt Elementary School District (RESD) 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 natural, built, and social environments. This is done through community engagement in leadership, advocacy, programs, services, and activities within and across all dimensions of wellness. The Community School leases office space to local nonprofits and provides after school enrichment activities for students of RESD, including interactive exhibits on aquaponics and composting. The Roosevelt Center of Sustainability at the Brooks Community School campus is an innovative idea that provides a hands-on resource laboratory designed to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) efforts within k-8 schools. The center serves as a field trip attraction for students in the region and an extracurricular center for students interested in targeted STEAM focused practical programming.
The Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender is piloting the Holistic Defense Project, a program designed to reduce the rate of recidivism among female offenders. The Office of the Legal Defender is dedicating one year to the creation of project infrastructure, identifying and enrolling clients choosing to participate, and to collect the data that will validate the viability of the program. The goal of the project is to provide clients with the appropriate skills, tools, and resources in order to adapt their lifestyle to prevent further justice system involvement and ultimately be reunited with their children. The Holistic Defense Project focuses on addressing legal and non-legal needs for a client seamlessly; encouraging and supporting active client engagement with strong partner communication at all levels; and integrating internal and external resources into a cohesive individualized client action plan.
A client who meets the criteria will be offered the opportunity to participate in the program by her attorney. A potential participant is a female who is charged with a felony, assigned to Superior Court, and working with an attorney from the Office of the Legal Defender. The potential participant also has children under the age of 18 who are currently involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS) due to the children being removed from her care. Once the prospective participant learns of the requirements for participating in the project, she either accepts or declines the opportunity. Acceptance of the opportunity to participate in the Holistic Defense Project means fully committing to program participation and consistently working with identified external and internal resources and staff. A participant will receive an individualized plan of action once needs have been identified by appropriate assessment, with the Holistic Defense Project coordinator serving as a client connector to the resources available within the county system and throughout the community. Learn more at http://www.maricopa.gov/legaldefender/.
NATIVE HEALTH provides holistic, patient centered, culturally sensitive health and wellness services throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. NATIVE HEALTH provides a wide range of programs including primary medical, dental, WIC, health promotion and prevention, wellness programs and behavioral health services. NATIVE HEALTH serves more than 15,000 individuals per year, resulting in over 70,000 visits. NATIVE HEALTH received the 2013 Innovation Award from the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) in recognition for several of its outstanding programs, including:
Metrocenter Mall Information and Referral Center—The only mall-based Information and Referral Center in the U.S., this NATIVE HEALTH-created center offers AHCCCS application assistance, fluoride varnish for children, healthy cooking classes, storytime reading and other community services as well as activities.
NATIVE HEALTH Community Garden—This Phoenix garden – located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road – is open to community gardeners and is used by NATIVE HEALTH to demonstrate how to grow healthy vegetables that promote health and prevent chronic disease.
Living Well Traditionally Diabetes Prevention Summer Youth Camp—For 14 years, NATIVE HEALTH has sponsored this four-day, three night camp for Native American youth in Payson. In addition to arming 9 to 12-year-old children with tools to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, the camp focuses on nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem and fun.
For more information, visit nativehealthphoenix.org.
Pinnacle Prevention is a nonprofit firm specializing in healthy eating and active living services for individuals, educational systems, healthcare and public health practitioners, as well as cities and community partners. Pinnacle Prevention provides innovative approaches to improve access to and opportunities for lifestyle-enriched living, particularly in the areas of informing policies and practices to result in healthy people, healthy communities. Visit Pinnacle Prevention at www.pinnacleprevention.org.
Saguaro Evaluation Group LLC is a local evaluation and training company that specializes in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Saguaro Evaluation Group (SEG) offers a myriad of services including consultation, training, facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing, and evaluation. SEG team members are committed to the CBPR models to foster an equitable collaboration between communities, stakeholders, and researchers to achieve the best possible outcomes. CBPR maintains local relevance by recognizing the unique strengths and diverse perspectives of community members and stakeholders.
SEG has worked with diverse partners including county and state health departments, nonprofit agencies, and local businesses. SEG's commitment to bring the CBPR model to the wider community is exemplified in their yearly Pro-Bono Project where they donate evaluation and/or training services to a local nonprofit agency. For more information, visit SEG online at saguaroevaluation.com.
St.. Luke's Health Initiatives (SLHI) is an independent, non-partisan public foundation with four overarching priorities: (1) increasing access to care and insurance coverage, (2) working with municipal leaders to promote healthy community design, (3) building community-based organizational capacity, and (4) promoting health and healthcare innovations and collaborations.
Over its 17-year history, SLHI has invested millions of dollars into Arizona health and established itself as a key thought leader, convener, framer and catalyst of key health initiatives – ranging from statewide health policy and systems to the local development of community gardens. Learn more at www.slhi.org
The University of Arizona Nutrition Network in Maricopa Countyprovides education and support to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity lifestyles. Classes and services are for low income public housing, senior centers, emergency food distribution sites, schools, child care centers, DES and WIC offices. The network offers year round support with nutrition education materials, support for nutrition integration, posters and other signage, tabling for health events, direct nutrition education as a single session or a series, and trainings provided to staff interested in teaching or integrating nutrition into daily activities. Maricopa also offers a Food Access Program that supports community-led food security efforts and a School and Community Garden Program to introduce gardening as a fun path to nutrition and physical activity. For more information, visit http://www.uanutritionnetwork.org/maricopa/.
Valley Permaculture Alliance has been teaching sustainable and regenerative gardening courses since 2008 throughout the Valley. In addtion to some of its unique services and offereings such as its free seed lending library and free Shade Tree Program, VPA offers a variety of gardening workshops and hands-on classes targeting populations that have high health disparities, low socioeconomic status, and reduced access to healthy nutritious foods. In addition, VPA provides garden and sustainable living education training through city parks and recreation departments. VPA is also a participating agency in Cultivate South Phoenix (CUSP), a collective impact initiative whose mission to promote the wellness of families and children in south Phoenix through a shared vision of improving the natural, built, and social environments where families live, work, play and learn. To learn more, visit vpaaz.wildapricot.org.