About be well

be well is a grassroots movement of communities coming together to take charge of their health and wellness. The mission of be well is to effect programs, policies and practices to create health equality and access for all people. be well’s vision is for a culture in which all people have an equal opportunity to achieve the health they desire, regardless of their race, income, gender, location, education or any other social barrier.

be well is guided by the 9-member be well Healthy Neighborhoods Council, which is the resident group that forms the guiding voice of the be well Health and Wellness Initiative. Representatives are identified by their respective neighborhood organizations and/or are elected to serve by current Council members. The group talks with people in their neighborhoods, sets annual goals, identifies potential barriers and monitors the use of be well funds.

Key Priorities of the be well Health and Wellness Initiative.

Grassroots Participation: A core component of the be well model is the belief that community members are more likely to sustain healthy living practices and maintain their involvement in community issues when they are mobilized through grassroots participation and community building efforts.

Health Promotion: The promotion of behaviors that advance wellness is essential to encouraging healthy lifestyles. be well engages residents and community stakeholders in the development, implementation and assessment of health promotion strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. be well also educates and builds awareness around the social determinants of health using training and information dissemination.

Health Policy Education: Understanding how policy and systems impact the health of individuals and neighborhoods is vital to creating healthy communities. The be well Health and Wellness Initiative incorporates policy-related projects into multiple components of its activities.  be well  educates community members on  health policy and systems through information dissemination, forums, and trainings. This includes collecting data on proposed changes to the built environment, spreading awareness about proposed policies that could impact health and informing residents of community engagement processes that exist for them to become engaged in the decision making process.

Our Staff

Djuana Harvell – Reach Project Manager,
dharvell@stapletonfoundation.org
Shyretta Hudnall - Centers Project Manager,
shudnall@stapletonfoundation.org
Emily Schroeder – Youth Project Manager,
ESchroeder@StapletonFoundation.org
Samuel P. Valeriano – Health Policy Manager,
SValeriano@StapletonFoundation.org
Betty Walker-Simmons – Administrative Assistant
Bsimmons@stapletonfoundation.org
Cindy Barajas – Northwest Aurora Project Manager,
CBarajas@StapletonFoundation.org

Marva Bey – Transportation Manager,
MBey@StapletonFoundation.org

Alisha Brown – Vice President,
abrown@stapletonfoundation.org

Amy Brown – Block Captains Project Manager,
Amy@StapletonFoundation.org

Ty Crawford – Centers Coordinator,
tcrawford@stapletonfoundation.org

be well works to provide measureable and visible improvements in the health and wellness of residents and business in five key Denver and Aurora Colorado neighborhoods. These neighborhood make up the be well Zone.

Our History:
Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities

The Stapleton Foundation for sustainable urban communities has been the pioneer in the creation of the be well Health and Wellness Initiative. Its roots go back to the days when a huge international airport was being constructed to replace an aging airport close to the City of Denver.

In 1995, Stapleton International Airport closed after 66 years of serving the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Sam Gary, a prominent Denver philanthropist, had convened a group of business leaders years earlier to help determine what the city would do with the vacated property. He was determined to break the pattern of urban sprawl with a goal of keeping families from leaving Denver. The concept that emerged was for a master-planned “front porch community” that supports seamless connections with the surrounding neighborhoods, quality schools and a sustainable environment of pedestrian walkways and city parks. It was described in detail in the contents of the Stapleton Development Plan “Green Book”, the master-planning document.

When the old airport’s last flight took off, the Stapleton Foundation published the Stapleton Master Development Plan in partnership with the Stapleton Citizen Advisory Board and the City of Denver.

The Stapleton Foundation’s mission touches on four main areas: healthy neighborhoods, education or lifelong learning, neighborhood connections and sustainability. As the Stapleton planned community took shape, it was characterized by the spirited sense of community among residents and business owners.

Stapleton Foundation

The Stapleton Foundation in Denver has been a pioneer in the creation of a unique community wellness program designed to serve specific neighborhoods through a be well Block Captain model. Its roots go back to the days when a huge international airport was being constructed to replace an aging airport close to the City of Denver.

In 1995, Stapleton International Airport closed after 66 years of serving the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Sam Gary, a prominent Denver philanthropist, had convened a group of business leaders years earlier to help determine what the city would do with the vacated property. He was determined to break the pattern of urban sprawl with a goal of keeping families from leaving Denver. The concept that emerged was for a masterplanned “front porch community” that supports seamless connections

with the surrounding neighborhoods, quality schools and a sustainable environment of pedestrian walkways and city parks. It was described in detail in the contents of the Stapleton Development Plan “Green Book”, the master-planning document. When the old airport’s last flight took off, the Stapleton Foundation published the Stapleton Master Development Plan in partnership with the Stapleton Citizen Advisory Board and the City of Denver.

The Stapleton Foundation’s mission touches on four main areas: healthy neighborhoods, education or lifelong learning, neighborhood connections and sustainability. As the Stapleton planned community took shape, it was characterized by the spirited sense of community among residents and business owners.

 

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