Healthy Archuleta focuses on three areas of action and learning
Health Equity Healthy Archuleta has been working alongside health and community partners to better understand access to primary and preventive health care with the aim of improving access for all residents of Archuleta County. Click HERE to learn more about our work in advancing health equity.
Nutrition Security According the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), "Nutrition Security means all Americans have consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being." According to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps data for Archuleta County, 11% of the population (nearly 1,500 individuals) in 2020lack adequate access to food in Archuleta County, as compared to 8% in Colorado. Toward addressing food and nutrition insecurity, Healthy Archuleta continues to center equity in its healthy eating efforts by supporting individuals and families to access health promoting foods, nutrition education, food purchasing/preparation skills, and nutrition counseling.Eating nutritious foods takes more than the individual, it takes a community. Healthy Archuleta uses a community-based food system approach to addressing nutrition security. Click HERE to learn more about our work in advancing nutrition security.
Community Cohesion Healthy People 2030 describes the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) "as those conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks." and organize them into 5 domains, one of which focuses on social and community context. The goal related to social and community context is "to increase social and community support" with the idea that "Interventions to help people get the social and community support they need are critical for improving health and well-being." Healthy Archuleta values the importance of building connection and relationships and works to bring affinity groups together using the models of Community Learning and Leadership (CLLC) and network-coalition building. To date, Healthy Archuleta has worked and supported four different CLLCs, which include, 1) Vista Lake Community Garden, Community Assessment Group, Spanish-Language Community Group, and Youth Group. Additionally, Healthy Archuleta continues to learn about network-coalition building in advancing community cohesion in service of nutrition security and health equity. Examples of this include the Food Pantry Network, Health Partner Network, and Volunteer Network. The CLLCs and the network-coalition building work aim to advance belonging and bridging among those involved and with others in the community. Click HERE to learn more about our work in advancing community cohesion.