2021: Guadalupe COVID-19 Community Response Team
The Guadalupe COVID-19 Community Response Team, formed in June 2020, brings together ASU faculty, staff, students and community partners to lessen the impact of COVID-19 in Guadalupe. The team provides a wide range of services designed to slow the spread of the virus and serve those in need. During the team’s time working in the community, rates of new cases in Guadalupe have declined from 5.5 times higher than the Maricopa County average to be in line with the rest of the county.
A field epidemiology group of more than 250 ASU students, staff and volunteers conducts case investigations and contact tracing seven days per week in Maricopa County. Jehn’s Student Outbreak Response Team, which has operated as a hands-on training program for global health students for the past six years, quickly pivoted and expanded to a large rapid-response team during the initial surge in COVID-19 cases. The team deployed to Guadalupe and has completed hundreds of case interviews there.
The Community Response Team also provides at-home testing; vaccination events; support for those isolating; culturally, linguistically and geographically appropriate health education; and a weekly community food drive. The team has supported more than 300 households through home isolation, conducted door-to-door case investigations and contact tracing, and engaged students and community volunteers to provide a surge public health workforce.
- Megan Jehn; School of Human Evolution and Social Change
- Jasmine Truong, Laura Meyer, Tim Dennehy, Kim Prete, Jennifer Jackman, Gloria Karirirwe
- Maricopa County Department of Public Health,
- Town of Guadalupe
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe
- Native Health
2021: School Participatory Budgeting
As School Participatory Budget (School PB) engages K–12 students in deliberation and decision-making processes concerning school budgets, the initiative also nurtures collaboration, problem-solving skills and critical thinking. School PB in Arizona empowers historically underrepresented students and communities, with the majority of participating schools receiving federal funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In the School PB process, students form a student steering committee whose members fan out on their campuses to gather hundreds (sometimes thousands) of ideas from classmates about what their school needs and what it might take to fulfill those needs. The ideas are researched to decide how feasible they may be.
Then a final list of proposals is prepared and sent to a ballot in a campus election where students decide which one should receive funding. Finally, students decide how the proposal with the most votes should be implemented and write an evaluation process to gauge how well it will work over time.
Students who are eligible to vote in actual federal and state elections are given the opportunity to register in the next one at School PB Vote Days through community partnerships with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and local voter registration groups.
- Daniel Schugurensky, Tara Bartlett, Madison Rock; Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Kristi Tate; Center for the Future of Arizona
- Participatory Governance Inititative
- Maricopa County Recorder’s Office
2021: Thrive in the 05
Thrive in the 05 initially was established in 2017 to help connect community members to holistically address safety concerns in the area but quickly expanded to seek out the root drivers of crime and improve social determinants of community health.
Since then, the office’s staff and its community partnerships have expanded the initiative’s focus to include efforts to develop high-quality affordable housing, increased educational opportunities, more options to achieve greater economic mobility and increased access to livable-wage career opportunities, Through partnerships, ‘Thrive in the 05’ has been able to reactivate neighborhood associations and engage in creative placemaking initiatives relating to improving and revitalizing neighborhoods and parks.Several interventions also promote youth empowerment toward eliminating substance abuse and foster resiliency through training in wellness skills.
Thrive in the 05 also includes a digital equity project designed to bring internet access to more 85705 residents as well as help older adults achieve digital literacy through technology training and support.
- Mary-Ellen Brown, PhD
- Valerie Sanchez
- Nadia Roubicek
- Anna Gastelum
- Arnie Bermudez
- Mattea Pezza
- Bianca Levario
- Robert Purvis
- Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- City of Tucson
- Pima College