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 examine barriers to accessing mental health services and race/gender discrimination against seniors and LGBTQ young people ages 18-24.

We will be hosting an open listening session in May 2024. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts about access to Mental Health Services across Maricopa County, please sign up through the button, below.


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.


This website portal was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $498,689.45 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the authors and do not represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.

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