Connections Spotlight — Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth receives grant to research causes of negative health outcomes in the county

Aug 3, 2021 | CCC&Y Info & Events

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

The Coconino Coalition would like to announce our gratitude to the Vitalyst Health Foundation for CCC&Y’s selection as a Spark Grant Awardee.

We thank the expert partners on this project, who are helping to guide the process: Kevin Campbell, international child welfare and self healing communities expert, Iya Affo, owner of Heal Historical Trauma, Building Community, local community voice organization and Javelina, messaging and communication organization.

We are extremely proud to announce that Northland Family Help Center, Coconino County, Native Americans for Community Action and First Things First all gave their early commitment to help plan, share their expertise, and give their time to help gain community voice.

We invite other organizations to reach out if you would like to participate.

We further extend our gratitude towards, Elevated Advocacy, who will lend their expertise as we explore avenues for policy or system change after community voice has been collected.

Excerpt from the Daily Sun…

Earlier this month, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) received a grant to research the causes of negative health outcomes in the county. The project will explore the Self-Healing Communities Model, with a focus on adverse childhood experiences in Coconino County.

Melanie Mitros, director of strategic community partnerships for Vitalyst Health Foundation, the organization awarding the grant, described the project as a “one-year information-gathering and partnership growing project that would provide the necessary understanding of where system or policy change could lead to [CCC&Y] addressing the concern in Coconino County.”

CCC&Y executive director Virginia Watahomigie said the project was about “getting community voice to unlock what has happened, to acknowledge historical and intergenerational trauma and then to find where are the strengths, where is the hope.”

Please see this full Daily Sun Article for deeper project information.