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Health First Foundation Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ   |  www.healthfirstforall.org

Mission

Health First Foundation advances community health and well-being through leadership, partnerships, and innovation. We seek optimal health and well-being for all, promoting vibrant communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

The name Health First Foundation Northern Arizona (formerly Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation) was adopted in June 2021.

Ruling year info

2016

President and CEO

Sandra Kowalski

Main address

1030 N San Francisco St Ste 130

Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA

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EIN

81-3137336

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Americans identify the availability and affordability of health care as one of their top concerns. Regional Health Needs Assessments point to three principal areas of concern to residents in northern Arizona: access to health care, improving behavioral health, and preventing/addressing chronic health conditions. Health First Foundation Northern Arizona directs grant funding to and encourages awareness of these community health needs to improve community well-being and promote vibrant communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health First Aid

Our Foundation collaborates with local and regional entities to build the resources needed to increase Mental Health First Aid training in northern Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Substance abusers, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total amount of funds disbursed for community health in northern Arizona.

Total number of lives impacted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Substance abusers, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation tracks lives impacted through mandatory reporting from its grantees and scholarship recipients.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is for every person in northern Arizona to have equal access to quality health and the opportunity to achieve optimal health.

Our strategies are to:

Inspire philanthropy based on the priorities, interests, and giving styles of donors.

Fund local nonprofit organizations and partners that aim to build healthier communities.

Collaborate with individuals, community organizations, government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions to bring health benefits to the greatest number of people possible.

Create awareness of community health needs and wellness issues within northern Arizona's diverse population and landscape.

Health First Foundation Northern Arizona has sound support from individual donors, corporate contributors, and community partners. The foundation team and its board of directors are well-grounded in the communities we serve. Our leaders are committed to strong governance, sound management, achieving and evaluating results, and sustaining our mission.

Since the 2016 inception of Health First Foundation Northern Arizona (formerly Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation), we have invested more than $18.5 million in innovative community health initiatives impacting more than 510,000 lives. Our success stories are many. A few examples:

· Expanding Mental Health First Aid® training in our region.
· Investing in telehealth programs long before COVID-19 made those services essential.
· Supporting the first-ever oncology center on Native American lands.
· Strengthening therapeutic outdoor recreation through the Adaptive Ski and Ride Program at Arizona Snowbowl.
· Funding the Navajo Interpreters program, a Native American medicine man, and Native spiritual care at the largest hospital facility in northern Arizona.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus how chronic health conditions can worsen the impact of new diseases. We are exploring ways to mitigate chronic disease with specific attention to prevention and early detection.

On the development side, the foundation has raised more than $17 million for improving health in our region. We recognize the power of collaboration and partnerships in improving health and well-being in our communities. Our recent efforts have focused on building and strengthening these connections to further our goals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    All people living in the five counties of northern Arizona.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Grant reporting,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To strengthen our grant programs , To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from the people we serve, leaders in the community, and our nonprofit partners, we adjust the health focus of our grantmaking each year to address the greatest health needs in our region.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    They become invested partners in our mission.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Health First Foundation Northern Arizona

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Deirdre R. Meldrum

Health First Foundation Northern Arizona

Term: 2021 - 2025

Chris Bavasi

Executive Director, Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation

Oliver Harper, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, College of Medicine

William Hicks, III, Esq

Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLC

Richard Kruse, CPA

Chief Analyst, NFP

Deirdre Meldrum, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Biosignatures Discovery, Arizona State University Senior Scientist

James Ousley

Senior Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

Alice Gagnaire, RN, BSN, MHSA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data