Locally-focused Work: Alamosa County
Alamosa County is one of four communities that the Foundation is working with as part of our locally-focused work, which complements our traditional grantmaking. A local focus on specific communities allows us to build relationships, learn about and support long-term efforts that emphasize community-informed, collaborative solutions to health barriers. Why? Because when ideas are generated at a local level, they are more likely to reflect the community’s needs and create lasting change.
So what does our work look like in Alamosa County?
Alamosa County has its own unique assets and barriers when it comes to health. For us, working locally in this way starts with listening and learning more about what that really means. Monique Johnson, the program officer working in this community, is central to this effort. She spends time getting to know the community, looks for opportunities to build the capacity of local institutions, works to improve policies and systems, expands local leadership and helps stimulate broad civic engagement.
Monique is charged with partnering with the community to harness this energy so that Alamosa County is a place where everyone who calls it home has health in reach. Her work takes shape through conversations, networking and meetings with a range of community members.
Over the past year, the Foundation has partnered with institutions like the Center for Creative Leadership, which works with individuals to customize and develop their unique leadership style, and KaBOOM!, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all kids have a childhood filled with the balanced and active play they need to thrive. Through these collaborations, local leaders are building their skills for greater impact and the community is creating new spaces for children to safely play.
During a recent series of events, we had the chance to hear directly from community members in Alamosa County. We gathered information and feedback throughout the events that position us to work collaboratively while strategizing towards a healthier community countywide.
If you have ideas on how to create a healthier community or want to learn more about the Foundation, please email Program Officer Monique Johnson or call her directly at 303-953-3617.
Activities and Recent News in Alamosa County
KaBOOM! Playground Builds
On Saturday, June 30, volunteers from the Alamosa community, City of Alamosa, Kiwanis Club of Alamosa and KaBOOM! came together to bring a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground to life at Lee Fields. You can watch a video of Peyton's Play Ball! Park here.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, volunteers from the community, City of Alamosa, Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley and KaBOOM! came together to build another kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in their community.
Thanks to all who helped build safe and welcoming spaces for kids to play.
Alamosa Valley Courier | Nov. 29 | Sen. Bennet unveils plan to tackle eviction crisis
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet on Wednesday put forward a series of proposals to address the eviction crisis afflicting Colorado and the country. His plan is designed to: 1) better understand the contours and causes of the eviction crisis; 2) reduce preventable evictions; and 3) limit the human and taxpayer consequences of eviction when it occurs. Read more.
Alamosa Valley Courier | Nov. 21 | Friday Health Plans offers local insurance option to Valley residents
With open enrollment for health insurance now underway, local Alamosa company Friday Health Plans of Colorado continues to offer fully accredited individual, group, Medicare and CHP+ plans for people in the San Luis Valley and surrounding counties. Formerly known as Colorado Choice Health Plans, the company builds on 45 years of history in the Valley and covers more than 15,000 people throughout Colorado. Read more.