Pinnacle Prevention is dedicated to creating communities where opportunities for active living are plentiful and built into everyday life for all people. We understand that the way neighborhoods are planned, designed, constructed and maintained directly relates to people’s ability to walk, bike, roll, recreate, and get where they need to go.
As cities and towns across the country have shifted their approaches to how streets are designed - recognizing that streets should safely move people and not just cars - Pinnacle has been an advocate of Complete Streets policies and inclusive planning practices that engage community members in the process.
We envision communities where planners, engineers, architects, public health professionals, and local organizations work together alongside community members to envision and create thriving places where people can safely get outside and connect with one another and with nature. The result will be healthier residents and a healthier environment for this and future generations.
Active Living in Rural Communities
Arizona’s rural communities boast rich histories, innovation, resilience and a neighbor-helping-neighbor mindset. Rural parts of the state are also known for beautiful weather and impressive landscapes. Limited financial resources, however, can mean that parks and recreation, active transportation, and trail facilities can be lacking or in poor condition in these same places. Greater investment into the built environment of our rural communities not only opens the door to more opportunities to be physically active in town but also helps to create additional, safe connections to the healing natural environment.
In 2020, Pinnacle Prevention was the recipient of a Vitalyst Health Foundation Systems Change grant to develop a collaborative effort focused on improving quality of life by increasing active living infrastructure investments in Arizona’s rural and tribal communities.
To engage in the Rural and Tribal Active Living initiative, email Kenneth Steel, Healthy Communities Programs Manager.
Active Living in Arizona’s Rural Communities: A Call to Action
The Rural and Tribal Active Living Initiative builds on the findings of the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA). Vitalyst Health Foundation and Pinnacle Prevention partnered on the RALA to gain a better understanding of how rural communities support active lifestyles, what challenges and needs they are facing, and how philanthropic, nonprofit and government agencies can work alongside rural communities to strengthen their active living work.