Cochise Building Healthy Communities
About Healthy Cochise Initiative
The mission of the Healthy Cochise Initiative is to motivate and guide the diverse and unique communities within Cochise County to actively participate in identifying and addressing health concerns in their neighborhoods, towns, and surrounding communities. Addressing health, social, and economic factors, each community workgroup will focus on what is most needed to improve the community in which they live.
Our Grant- Legacy Foundation
The Building Healthy Communities Project
Promotes Healthy Eating & Active Living in Cochise County
Priority three, Goal One is generously funded by the Legacy Foundation's Building Healthy Communities Grant awarded to the leading agency - the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in July 2018.
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension was selected as the organization to receive a $2 million strategic grant provided over 3 years to support work in the community focused on improving options for healthy eating and active living.
The Legacy Foundation, as a community partner with Cochise Health and Social Services, assisted in completing the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). As one of the three top priorities, Healthy Eating, Obesity, and Diabetes, the foundation designated the entire $2 million Strategic Grant towards this goal. Called the Building Healthy Communities Project, this grant was able to staff five full-time employees dedicated to promoting healthy eating and active living in Cochise County. The staff includes Sr. Program Coordinators dedicated to support the Healthy Communities Committees, a School Liaison, and a Garden & Pantry Specialist.
Click here for more information. https://news.arizona.edu/story/2m-grant-funds-building-healthy-communities-project
What makes a Community Healthy?
Different characteristics makes a community healthy. There are also different aspects of the community that can be a sign of a healthy community. Those to consider are access to a quality education, adequate housing, employment opportunities, transportation, access to places where to have physical activity, nutrition information and food access, quality, and preventive health care. A healthy community can mean different things to different people, so taking a collective impact initiative approach can help move the needle on health in our communities.
To produce measurable, sustainable population health changes through widespread policy, systems, and environmental changes and a network of advocates who identify, adopt, and implement those policies and activities to support health across the county.
To change the cultural expectations about the definition of a good and healthy life so residents of Cochise County are better equipped to live a healthier, happier lifestyle.
The University of Arizona
Cochise County Cooperative Extension
1140 N. Colombo Ave.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Office: 520-458-8778 x2141
Video Tales of Two Zip codes: https://youtu.be/Eu7d0BMRt0o
Social Determinants of Health (definition)
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of life-risks and outcomes. Learn more about social determinants of health. https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/index.htm
Policy Systems and Environmental Change (definition)
Policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) helps community members and their partners modify their environment given more practical and healthy choices to help target health issues that affects our communities.
How to Get Involved
- Cochise Leadership Academy Information Flyer
- Apply for the Cochise Leadership Academy (CLA)
- Contact: Charlotte Taylor
- Join your town's Healthy Community Committee (HCC)
- Contact: Liza Quinones
- Join your district's School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
- Contact: Sepp Sprietsma
- Start a Garden
- Contact: Cheyenne MacMasters
- Hydration Stations – 14 indoor and outdoor stations installed throughout the county in conjunction with the SNAP-Ed “Water Wins” campaign with healthy hydration toolkits.
- Cochise Go! – Launching in the Spring!!
- Funded by: Legacy Foundation of Southeastern Arizona
- Partners: Cochise Health and Social Services, Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and First Things First.
- More information: Cochise Healthy Communities Initiative Contact: Evelyn Whitmer