by Craig McFarland, Mayor of Casa Grande
Community Health is everyone’s business. One of my action plans last year was to help bring our community service organizations together. By working together we can make our resources go further and we can be more effective.
Working with fellow Council Members Donna McBride, Lisa Fitzgibbons and the Emergency Assistance Ministry (EAM), we have been able to bring state, county and local service groups together. We have successfully built the City of Casa Grande’s Community Health Resources tab on the city’s new website: casagrandeaz.gov/community-health/. This website connects all of our local service organizations and organizes them by subject (like those listed below).
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Employment services
- Counseling and guidance
- Domestic violence
- Human trafficking
- Help paying bills
- Family services
- Dental health
- Veterans services
- Spiritual health
We have also begun our work to address homelessness with the creation of the Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force. The task force has identified many different needs and issues as they relate to homelessness. Additionally, we have completed a review of all resources and are beginning to review and develop action plans to address the needs. This effort will not succeed unless it is a community zaction plan and executed by the community. Action plans are in process for affordable housing, a place to sleep and a place to clean up (I-HELP), feeding and clothing efforts, physical and mental health and education and work force development.
Community health is everyone’s business; community health is everyone’s job!
Visit City of Casa Grande’s Community Health Resources tab on the city’s new website: casagrandeaz.gov/community-health/
Make our mind set . . . everything is possible. Put passion first! We are connected. We are 100 percent accountable. Let’s have an attitude of gratitude, live to give and remember the time is now!