Healthy Lives A Community Project

| October 26, 2015

Letter to the editor:

The United Nations (U.N.) recently approved 17 new development goals to be added to the world agenda at the U.N. General Assembly. Though broad, it is inspiring and motivating to see what global leaders prioritize on such a grand scale. Topics include poverty, climate change, water sanitation, and others. Falling right in line with Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth’s (CCC&Y) own strategic plan at the county level, I was particularly drawn to this one: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

It feels overwhelming at first, as do the other 16 goals (@ Yet, our communities are full of resources and services which continue to support this. Examples would be the upcoming Project Connect, which provides diverse services to homeless and low-income individuals in one convenient location; or the recently completed Flagstaff Festival of Science that offered over 90 free science-focused, family friendly activities and presentations that encourage hands on learning. Two wildly different resources in the community; both certainly contribute to the health and well-being of all.

As polarization continues and as the looming legislative session feels more like a deep groan than an enthusiastic cheer, it’s good to be reminded of the positives, our community assets, and the ways in which we are working toward this lofty world goal right here in our community.

CCC&Y encourages your engagement and action now ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all, whatever that looks like for you. For ways to get involved, visit

 – Ruth Ellen Elinski: Director, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth, Flagstaff

View this letter on the Arizona Daily Sun’s website here.

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