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Creating Vibrant Communities

When families are strong and children thrive, the community prospers.

The 2020-21 Arizona Town Halls will address the topic of Creating Vibrant Communities.

Every facet of what enables people and communities to be healthy, resilient, productive, and happy is on the table, specifically concentrating on how sectors can collaborate for a much greater combined positive effect.

By “leveling up” in this way, we can collectively identify and activate Arizona’s game changers.


What is a Vibrant Community?

A vibrant community is—at its core—a healthy and supportive environment for all. It is a community that inclusively taps human, constructed, and natural capital to thrive and grow together.

What are the Elements of a Healthy Community?

There are 14 elements of a healthy community* that must be present when creating vibrant communities. These elements are deeply rooted in the premise that addressing the overall health of a community requires an understanding of more than just its physical well-being.

  • Access to Care
  • Affordable Quality Housing
  • Community Safety
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Educational Opportunity
  • Environmental Quality
  • Quality Affordable Food
  • Community Design
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Social/Cultural Cohesion
  • Social Justice
  • Transportation Options
  • Healthy Equity
  • Resiliency

When all these elements are intentionally cultivated, coordinated, and mutually aligned, communities thrive and prosper.

We will be facilitating online Community Town Halls to explore the above elements, identify priorities and unlock the potential for cross-element collaboration that helps Arizona communities “level up” their capacity for vibrancy. Each Community Town Hall’s recommendations will feed into and build toward the Statewide Town Hall convening and final recommendations report.

* The elements are informed by the work of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Elements of a Healthy Community wheel was designed and produced by Vitalyst Health Foundation in collaboration with community partners. For more information, visit http://livewellaz.org/

113th Statewide Town Hall Final Recommendations Report

  • Click here to read the final recommendations from the "Creating Vibrant Communities" statewide Town Hall. 
  • Click here for the Final Report, which includes the Statewide Town Hall final recommendations report and list of participants, the final Community Town Halls reports and Future Leaders Town Halls summary.

"Creating Vibrant Communities" Programs

Location Program
Program Date & Registration Link
Event Flier Final Report
Online Sun Health Virtual Community Town Hall July 30, 2020
Click here.
Online
AzAEYC Virtual Community Town Hall August 27, 2020
Click here.
Online American Planning Association Virtual Community Town Hall September 11, 2020   Click here.
Online
Sun Health Virtual Community Town Hall
September 30, 2020
Click here.
Online Tucson Virtual Future Leaders Town Hall October 10, 2020 Click here. Click here.
Online
Sun Health Virtual Community Town Hall
October 14, 2020
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Online
Sun Health Virtual Community Town Hall
October 22, 2020

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Online SEAGO Virtual Community Town Hall November 20, 2020 Click here. Click here.
Online The Pathway to Creating Vibrant Communities
Background Report Author Panel Webinar
December 3, 2020 Click here.
Watch now.
Online
Prescott Virtual Community Town Hall December 16, 2020 Click here.
Click here.
Online Mesa Community College Future Leaders Town Hall February 17, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online  Paradise Valley Community College Future Leaders Town Hall February 18, 2021
Click here.
Online  South Mountain W.O.R.K.S. Future Leaders Town Hall February 26, 2021   Click here.
Online  AzAEYC Virtual Community Town Hall March 6, 2021 Click here.
Online The Pathway to Creating Vibrant Communities
Background Report Author Panel Webinar
March 10, 2021
Watch now.
Online Mohave County Virtual Community Town Hall April 15, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online
SWATH Foundational Forum on "Human Opportunities" April 22, 2021 Click here.
Online AzCASE Future Leaders Town Hall April 29, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online Sierra Vista Virtual Community Town Hall
April 29, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online Pima County Virtual Community Town Hall  May 13, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online Greater Tucson Leadership & Alumni Virtual Community Town Hall May 26, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online SWATH Foundational Forum on "Access to Health & Quality Affordable Food" June 11, 2021
Online SWATH Foundational Forum on "Equitable Living" July 16, 2021
Online SWATH Foundational Forum on "Community Safety" August 13, 2021

Online American Planning Association Virtual Community Town Hall August 24, 2021   Click here.
Thatcher
Gila Valley Community Town Hall September 10, 2021 Click here. Click here.
Online SWATH Foundational Forum on "Community Infrastructure" September 10, 2021

Clarkdale  Verde Valley Community Town Hall  October 8, 2021 Click here. Click here.
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: OmbudsmanOctober 14, 2021Click here. 
Prescott Yavapai College Future Leaders Town Hall October 19, 2021    
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Year UpOctober 22, 2021Click here. 
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Arizona Center for Youth ResourcesOctober 25, 2021Click here. 
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Arizona Center for Youth ResourcesOctober 26, 2021Click here. 
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: YMCA MaryvaleOctober 27, 2021Click here. 
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Eastpointe High SchoolOctober 29, 2021Click here. 
Online Mesa Community College Future Leaders Town Hall November 3, 2021
Coming soon.
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Phoenix Union- Bostrom November 4, 2021  
PhoenixOpportunities for Youth Future Leaders Town Hall: Linda Abril Education AcademyNovember 17, 2021  
Online 113th Statewide Town Hall January 24-26, 2022 Click here.
OnlineThe 4th Annual Arizona Early Childhood Public Policy Forum with AzAEYCFebruary 19, 2022  

Pre-Town Hall Webinar Sessions

Ahead of the statewide town hall, two informative webinar sessions were hosted on “Creating Vibrant Communities.” Each program was open to the general public.

Panel Presentation on Creating Community Vibrancy
Host: Suzanne Pfister, President & CEO, Vitalyst Health Foundation
Sponsor Highlight: Andrea Moreno, Manager, Community Outreach, SRP
Moderator: Jon Ford, Senior Regional Manager - HI, AZ, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco



Panel Presentation on Creating Connections and The Impact of Community Town Halls
Host: Alexandra Zavala, Director, Marketing and Communications, Molina Complete Care of Arizona; Elizabeth McNamee, Vice Chair, Community Town Halls Committee, Arizona Town Hall
Sponsor Highlight: Janet Dean, Community Affairs Manager, NE Division, APS

  • Gail Digate, President, Leadership Learning Systems Inc.
  • Shelley Mellon, President/CEO, R.L. Jones Insurance and Motor Vehicle Services
  • Cal Sheehy, Mayor, Lake Havasu City
  • Barbara Mason, Vice President, Home and Community Based Services, Sun Health



Future Leaders Town HallA mini-Town Hall session that convenes prior to the Statewide Town Hall for high school and college student participants. The recommendation reports from these sessions are compiled, summarized, and carried forward for participants of the Statewide Town Hall to consider.

Visit the "Creating Vibrant Communities" Future Leaders Town Halls media page for more information.

News and Media Coverage


Resources Identified by Participants

ORGANIZATIONS
4FrontEd https://www.4fronted.org
Yuma Area Nonprofit Institute (YANPI) https://www.liveunitedyuma.org/yanpi
Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) https://www.vvreo.com
Yavapai County Economic Resource Alliance (YCERA) https://www.ycazbusinesses.org
Leadership West https://leadershipwest.org
Arizona@Work https://arizonaatwork.com
Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona https://habitatcaz.org
First Things First https://www.firstthingsfirst.org
Junior Achievement of Arizona https://www.jaaz.org
Greater Arizona eLearning Association (GAZeL) http://www.gazel.org
Arizona Public Service https://www.aps.com
Tribal Clean Water https://tribalcleanwater.org
National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) https://nicd.arizona.edu/about/
2-1-1 Arizona https://211arizona.org
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits https://arizonanonprofits.org
Findhelp, A Public Benefit Corporation https://www.findhelp.org
Public Allies Arizona https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/public-allies-arizona
Arizona Community Health Workers Association https://www.azchow.org
Voter Choice Arizona https://www.voterchoicearizona.org
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area https://www.yumaheritage.com
Urban Land Institute https://uli.org
Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN) https://www.4azrain.org
Cochise County https://www.cochise.az.gov
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions https://publicservice.asu.edu
Casa Grande Homeless Coalition (CG Helps) https://www.cghelps.com
Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC) https://www.arizonatele.org


PROGRAMS   
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) https://www.wiche.edu/tuition-savings/wue/
Spaces of Opportunity https://www.spacesofopportunity.org
Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Homelessness Strategies https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness
Yuma Regional Communication System https://www.yumaaz.gov/government/information-technology/yuma-regional-communication-system
Arizona Board of Regents Arizona Promise Program https://www.azregents.edu/arizona-promise-program
The Farm at South Mountain – Gather and Grow https://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/gather-and-grow/
Arizona Department of Education Career and Technical Education District (CTED) https://www.azed.gov/cte/cted
Equity Health Foundation, One Community Initiative Against COVID-19 https://www.onecommunityaz.com


 INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES
Vitalyst Health Foundation Shifting the Health Paradigm data dashboard
Arizona Health Improvement Plan 2021-2025 Summary Document
Arizona Department of Health Services Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP)
Center for the Future of Arizona, Arizona Progress Meters
Save Our Schools (SOS) Arizona Network, The State of Arizona’s Rural Schools
University of Montana, Water & Tribes Initiative - Colorado River Basin
Arizona Department of Health Services State Health Assessment - Community Information
Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, Health Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona


MEDIA 
Phoenix New Times, In Arizona, Your Zip Code Determines Your Life Expectancy
Business Roundtable, Business Roundtable Marks One Year Since Release of Corporate Initiatives, Policy Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity and Justice
How Native Americans Made Decisions for the Future - 7 Generations Rule
StoryCorps Extra-One Small Step
STN, Best of the Community Collaborative 2021
CBS News, Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion, Citigroup finds

For information regarding past Town Halls, visit our Past Town Hall Topics page.


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