LiveWell’s Community Partnerships program engages residents to create thriving, healthy communities by building local leadership and coalition capacity, and by convening champions across the state to inform and be informed by a united network. Today the program focuses on supporting communities most impacted by historical and systemic barriers to health access and equity.
In 2015, LiveWell re-envisioned our Community Partnership model to make it more responsive to the needs and realities of the diverse communities we serve across the state. Our efforts will continue to focus on supporting community residents to transform policies, practices and places that create health inequities in their communities.
- The LiveWell Montrose-Olathe neighborhood created a Local Farmacy Rx that links families with local farms and fresh produce. Families receive $32 weekly “prescriptions” to buy local produce, and then receive cooking and nutrition instruction on how to prepare healthier meals.
- LiveWell Huerfano County works with school districts, health centers, economic development groups, youth groups and local residents to improve the health and activity profile in one of Colorado’s poorest communities. An old cafeteria kitchen and gym in Walsenburg’s former Washington School is now a community kitchen that hosts Cooking Matters classes that teach economical, healthy scratch cooking. The former school’s lower level now boasts a brand new community recreation center.
- In Commerce City, community leaders are employing a “promotora” strategy—sending trained Spanish-speaking residents into the community to collect input on a new community organizing model focused on local policy change towards health equity.