Healthy Archuleta features Community Learning and Leadership Circle member Jennifer Read-Lindberg

By Rose Chavez | Food System/Food Equity Coalition

The Archuleta County Nutrition Security and Health Equity Assessment, which began in December 2021, continues its ongoing work to engage the community through a community learning and leadership circle (CLLC) which meets weekly.

The CLLC is comprised of a diverse group of community members from Archuleta County who have committed to contributing to the design of the assessment during this first phase of the project, which will conclude at the end of June. CLLC members engage in learning through module presentations facilitated by Healthy Archuleta and partner organizations on the concepts of nutrition security and health equity.

Each week, CLLC members helped inform assessment with respect to 1) access and utilization of primary/preventive health care (coverage, timeliness, manpower and services) and 2) strengthening our community food system (food production, processing, marketing and distribution, food procurement and preparation, nutritious food consumption, food security, food waste prevention and resource recovery).

A community-based participatory approach is used to capture the voices and lived experiences of people related to access to food and primary/preventive health care in Archuleta County. Additionally, food and health care organizations will have the opportunity to share information regarding primary/preventive health care and food efforts.

Healthy Archuleta shares individual profiles of CLLC community members who serve their community in this capacity. Last week, we feature CLLC member and community leader Jennifer Read-Lindberg:

1. Health is the new wealth. What does this mean for your health and the health of your family in Archuleta County? “For me, that means teaching a new generation the importance and value of our health. It is a very active community and I take the opportunity to show my children what it means to be a healthy and active member of this community. It’s for me to lead by example and to have opportunities for them to learn and grow.

2. What are your ties to Archuleta County? “I am a fourth generation resident of Archuleta County. My mother and brother still live in this community, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. My family is my ties and my community an extension of my family.

3. What do you see as your role within the CLLC for the assessment of nutritional security and health equity? “I bring a generational perspective and as a Lifetime Resident, my role is to help make our community stronger and healthier. I would say my role is to observe, to bring a different perspective and to help facilitate change. Living and thriving in this community should not be a privilege. Everyone deserves the chance to live their best and healthiest life here in Pagosa Springs.

4. What is your vision of a healthy Archuleta? “My vision is to bring exciting new projects to all ages in this community that involve education and relationship building. I also want to continue to build a strong community that values ​​all that is great about our city. »

5. In your opinion, what is critical in CLLC’s learning and leadership dynamics for this evaluation? “I believe in giving everyone a voice and an opportunity to express their opinions, regardless of their status in life. It’s a precipice for a change of mindset and an opportunity to build a better community. .

For more information, please contact us at [email protected] or (401) 371-3227. To make a donation to support the work of Healthy Archuleta, doing business as FSFE — Food Coalition, please visit our website: https://www.foodcoalition4archuleta.org/donate.html.

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