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Notes, etc.
Thanks for joining us!

No, it wasn't a zombie walk... but it was a movement break in a meeting that took a lot of brains!

Thanks to everyone who joined us and contributed insights, partnership opportunities, and more. You can follow-up or catch-up with some resources from the meeting:
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Staff Care
Webinar: Combating Loneliness in the Age of Connectivity*

Loneliness impacts a person's mental health, health, and job performance. Because people spend so much time at work and their work can be affected, employers can play a role in helping people feel more connected.

HAWP (Healthy Arizona Worksite Program) can help. 

Learn how to foster a workplace culture with rich connections and what benefits your organization may see.

DATE: Wednesday, July 25th
TIME: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Online

And if you don't want to watch this alone, feel free to book a conference room and invite colleagues to join you.
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Speaking of lonely... 

This bottle has been lonely since April, when it was left behind at the S.T.A.R. Center after our April HIPMC meeting.
Is it yours?
It's been soaking up the view from MCDPH and has a spectacular vantage point of monsoons rolling in. Still, it's lonely and would like to go home.

If your home is where it belongs, email Seth.
priority: access to care
Real Men Wear Pink*

Breast cancer affects everyone - women and men. Over the years, Real Men Wear Pink brings together a distinguished group of community leaders to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society's mission and save more lives than ever before from breast cancer. 

Please join us this year here in Phoenix. 

priority: access to healthy food
Arizona Food Systems Network Meeting*

What's happening in the Arizona food system? A lot! Pinnacle Prevention and Vitalyst are hosting a virtual network meeting to find out what's happening to expand the reach and impact of farmers markets, food systems coalitions, and community organizations. 

Attendees will also share successes and ideas--what will you learn? 

DATE: Thursday, August 23
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
WHERE: Online (see below)
priority: early childhood development

Good Read
Strong ACA = Stronger Breastfeeding Rates

"Several studies have shown that the (ACA's) provisions - giving moms access to lactation consultants, breast pumps, and time and space at work to pump their milk until as much as a year after birth - have contributed to rising breastfeeding rates in the US.

"...Now women's health and breastfeeding advocates worry that we might be poised for a reversal of this trend."

Got An Idea?
Deadline Approaching: Live Well Arizona Incubator*

If you have a geographically-based idea that could use partners from multiple sectors, Vitalyst and Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities want to know.

The two groups are launching the Live Well Arizona Incubator, which will provide a coach to teams through an eight- to ten-month process to get the idea going. 

Deadline to apply for a coach is August 1st. 


Grant Opportunity
Expand Smoke- and Tobacco-Free School Policies*

The American Cancer Society has grants ranging from $10,000-$20,000 to help expand the adoption of 100% smoke- and tobacco-tree policies on college and university campuses nationwide. 

Non-profit higher education institutions are invited to apply. The deadline is August 15th.

Good Read (Long)
Health, Racism, and Kiarra

"I spent nearly a year reporting in Sandtown and other parts of Baltimore. What I found in Kiarra's struggle was the story of how one person's efforts to get better-imperfect as they may have been-were made vastly more difficult by a daunting series of obstacles. 

"But it is also a bigger story, of how African Americans became stuck in profoundly unhealthy neighborhoods, and of how the legacy of racism can literally take years off their lives."


Good Read (Short)
Putting Human-Centered Policies Into Action

"Sometimes, a bad policy leads to government failure to deliver a service. Sometimes a policy seems good but the ways it gets delivered fails. And sometimes a policy could be great but it is not designed with the delivery in mind, which makes both the policy and the delivery fail. This is a fixable problem. 

"Many cities have started applying design-thinking best practices to processes used to deliver services to meet residents needs. Less discussed but equally important is applying design thinking to policies to meet residents needs.

"Which is where civil servants like Tishaura Jones come in."

Making Neighborhood-Disadvantage Metrics Accessible

"Health interventions and policies that don't account for neighborhood disadvantage may be ineffective or provide only limited benefit.

"For example, a diabetes education program will do little to reduce disparities in diabetes control if participants live in substandard housing and lack access to a refrigerator for insulin storage."

Discover the new Neighborhood Atlas, which visualizes neighborhood disadvantages at various levels. 

The Water of Systems Change

Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most powerful conditions for change, while also turning the lens on themselves.

The Water of Systems Change aims to clarify what it means to shift these conditions. The "inverted triangle" framework is an actionable model for funders and others interested in creating systems change, particularly those who are working to advance equity.

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