Help Make Cochise County a Healthier Community

Health and Housing

What components make a community healthy?

Access to healthcare?  A safe space to play?  The availability of healthy food?  Livable-wage jobs?  Answers to questions like these are critically important to creating a healthy community.


The Cochise Healthy Communities Coalition is hosting community engagement sessions to solicit public input into the Community Health Improvement Plan, which is due to be completed this summer.  Please join us to help develop strategies, actions and tasks to address our top Community Health Priorities and to achieve our Community Health Goals. 


JUNE 27 & 28 at Cochise College Downtown Center at 2600 Willcox Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED -- Cochise County residents are invited to attend any or all sessions:


Tuesday, June 27 @ 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Priority: Jobs & a Healthy Economy                  

Wednesday, June 28 @ 8:30am - 12noon
Priority: Healthy Eating, Diabetes & Obesity

Wednesday, June 28 @ 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Priority: Mental Health & Substance Abuse


What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?

Using the results from the 2017 Community Health Assessment (CHA), the 2017 CHIP will outline a strategic action plan to provide overall guidance and direction for community health and other related projects throughout Cochise County.   The CHA and CHIP will prove vital in assessing needs, providing services, making policy change and securing funds for health-related services and projects in the neighborhoods, towns and communities in our county.


What is a Community Health Assessment (CHA)?

A CHA is a systematic examination of health status indicators that identify key assets and challenges in a defined community.  Two essential ingredients for success are community engagement and collaborative participation.


All perspectives and opinions about community health needs from the 2,500 responses to the public perception survey were combined with quantitative health data and information from community focus groups and key informant interviews to produce a well informed, community-based foundation for taking useful next steps to create healthy communities throughout Cochise County. 


The completed 2016 Community Health Assessment Report and appendices are available for review at


Other collaborative partners helping to conduct the 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan include: Arizona At Work, BeHealthy!Sierra Vista, Benson Hospital, Canyon Vista Medical Center, Cenpatico Integrated Care, Child & Family Resources, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Cochise College of Nursing, Cochise Housing Authority, Cochise Public Fiduciary, Cochise Rentry Coalition, Community Food Bank of Southern AZ, Copper Queen Hospital, County Board of Supervisors, County Board of Health, Easterseals Blake Foundation, First Things First Cochise Regional Council, Fort Huachuca Community Health Promotion Council, Fry Fire Department, Healthy Tombstone, Legacy Foundation of SE Arizona, Mexican Consulate, Naco Wellness Initiative, NAMI, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, SAZ VA Health Care, SEABHS, SEAGO, St Vincent DePaul, Rural Accent in Bowie, UofA Cooperative Extension, WASA Willcox Against Substance Abuse, and many more!.