This strategy intends to ensure that all children have access to high-quality preventive and continuous health care, including physical, mental, oral and nutritional health. It provides health education to young children and their families to support their ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Additionally, this strategy provides resources and education to early care and education professionals on how to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating into their programs.
Funding Plan Highlights
The Cocopah Tribe Regional Partnership Council dedicated State Fiscal Year 2019 as a planning year to pursue a health strategy aimed at addressing the issue of childhood obesity in the region. This strategy was designed as a programmatic and system-building strategy to develop partnerships with programs supporting children’s health and nutrition. This planning year led to a clear direction of the partners and components for the strategy, which resulted in a Parenting Outreach and Awareness Strategy with a health focus. The goal of the strategy is to increase community awareness of positive parenting practices in the area of health and nutrition for families of children birth to age 5 as well as increase knowledge of available services and supports to enhance children’s overall health. The components of the strategy include cooking and physical activity workshops provided in both virtual and live settings. There were opportunities for family interactions to promote healthy habits including family walks and play days in all three reservations. Other parenting events included community health fairs and wellness open houses. Additionally, through his strategy, the development of a health system committee continues.
The vision of the Early Childhood Nutrition Teams Strategy is that families of young children in Maricopa County have access to nutritious food and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Local teams have been established in each of the six Phoenix and Maricopa regions that bring together community partners to develop strategies that will lead to efficient referrals and coordinated systems between food providers and family support services.
In addition to the local teams, a statewide policy team was established. Members of this team include staff representing FTF Quality First, the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Licensing Services, Quality First coaches, and the Arizona Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program. The policy team’s goal is to increase knowledge and collaboration among staff at these organizations and to align their policies that impact child care providers.
Find more details about strategies related to Health in the FTF Strategy Toolkit.