Health & Mental Health | Other
ABOUT LAKE COUNTY BUILD A GENERATION:
Lake County Build a Generation (LCBAG) is a nonprofit building a movement for community health and well-being in Leadville, Colorado. We work with community members on the issues that matter most in our community, such as food, housing, and health care. Our staff are passionate about youth, families, seniors, and the success of our community. In November 2019, Lake County was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health award for pursuing innovative ideas and bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health-- based, in part, on the work of our agency.
- Health is more than health care: We believe many factors influence our health, including housing, transportation, education, or access to healthy food and physical activity.
- Inequity is real: Living a healthy life is more easily accessible for some people than it is for others because of the environment in which they live. For example, Lake County residents have only a few local options to purchase healthy food, creating one more challenge to a healthy diet—and lifelong health.
- Inequity is systemic: Shortcomings at the systems-level aren’t the fault of any individual—they stem from the distribution of wealth and power that has been perpetuated over decades. Where we live impacts more than just our access to healthy food, it also dictates how much residents pay for basic needs and services. For example, although Lake County residents make about 25% less than the national average, we pay 18% more for food.
- Change is possible. We have the ability to change the way we approach health by changing what doesn’t work in our community and identifying what does. By engaging a diverse group of Lake County residents in community change, we will ensure that a healthy life is accessible to all Lake County residents, regardless of who they are or how much they make.
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Communities that Care Facilitator will coordinate efforts across Lake County to build a healthier community for youth and families. This staff member will coordinate a community prevention coalition, using the Communities That Care model, in order to promote health and well-being of young people. The Facilitator will also supervise a staff member who coordinates a youth policy coalition. Finally, the Facilitator will co-lead a process to re-envision Lake County’s Youth Master Plan, a community initiative to improve youth health and health equity.