Arizona Compassionate Communities Coalition

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Our driving vision at Mindfulness First is to create thriving mindful communities practicing compassion and altruism. Given that communities are a big part of our work, we are spearheading an effort to create a coalition focused on bringing people together through a collective effort focused on making a fundamental change in our society. We call this movement Arizona Compassionate Communities.

Arizona Compassionate Communities is a coalition that brings together community non-profits, businesses, local associations, and individuals in order to cultivate greater compassion in Arizona. It is through connections that we can improve health, well-being, and relationships at a fundamental level.

Why Compassion?

Compassion is an important part of any relationship, family, and community. Recently, there have been several studies highlighting the scientific benefits of compassion and its importance in our society. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley offers a great overview of compassion and some of its physical and emotional benefits. The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University also offers some great education on the impact of compassion.

Agents of Community Transformation

Not only is Mindfulness First driving change through this coalition, but we are also a part of a larger community change effort in Arizona through St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI). Mindfulness First has been chosen to be part of the SLHI Agents of Community Transformation Fellowship, which focuses on supporting coalitions through data driven and evidenced-based practices in order to enhance social impact and measure the extent to which our actions are making a difference.

100 Million Healthier Lives

The SLHI Agents of Community Transformation Fellowship has connected us to a national movement supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called 100 Million Healthier Lives. This movement calls for organizations and individuals across the country to commit to contributing to the goal of impacting 100 million people by the year 2020. It is through this larger initiative that we also have the opportunity to participate in the Pathway to Pacesetters Program that supports communities in accelerating their improvement journey. Their goal is to support local leaders at every level of a community to be successful and multiply their effectiveness in achieving their existing vision and goals.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about the change we are making in our local communities or if you would like to join us in these efforts!




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