Initiative Overview

In April 2022, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix was awarded a grant by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) via the US Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address health disparities that were created or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Healthy Resilient Communities will involve a structured theory of change process to examine service access barriers and race/gender discrimination against seniors and LGBTQ youth aged 18-24.

At our convening sessions, you can hear more about the project and partner with us to co-create the process of making positive systems change.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jannah Scott.


what is systems change?

Systems change means making adjustments  in laws policies, practices, power dynamics, social norms or mindsets that underlie any issue in society. It often involves collaboration with diverse partners and can take place on a local, national or global level.

For systems change to be effective, we must learn from “ground truth:”

  • What is happening in the everyday lives of people?
  • What can we learn from those experiences?
  • What are the opportunities, barriers, weaknesses and strengths of the systems that are designed to serve people?
  • How can those learnings help us improve laws, policies, etc?

This is why we are hosting community conversations to learn directly from the community members we are empowered serve.


There are many ways to get involved at YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

Your voice matters as we stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. Whether you have time, talents, or treasures to contribute, learn how you can plug in to the YWCA community.