Tranae Johnson completing the Kids’ Dash during the 2018 Machine Solutions Run.

Tranae Johnson completing the Kids’ Dash during the 2018 Machine Solutions Run.

TAKING THE FIRST STEPS: A COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORY

For many of us, our first steps came before we reached our first birthdays. Learning to trust our bone structure, we built muscle memory for a lifetime of mobility. Could you imagine how different life would be if we weren’t able to take those first steps?

 
 
 
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HELPING TO CLOSE THE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP 

From birth to age five, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life. Achievement gaps are already significant by age three, and children who are behind when they start kindergarten are more likely to struggle in school, repeat grades, and develop behavioral health problems as adults. 

 
 
 
 Rick Rokosz shares a comfort critter.

Rick Rokosz shares a comfort critter.

TOY STUFFED ANIMALS: GREAT MEDICINE FOR KIDS 

There’s no denying that toys in the hospital can bring sick or injured children happiness and comfort in an unfamiliar place, and distraction from fears that may plague them. It’s one of the reasons the staff in the pediatrics department at Flagstaff Medical Center give patients a stuffed animal each time they’re admitted. These gifts are often donated, especially during the winter holiday season, and the supply of these “critter friends” often dries up by summer. 

 
 
 
  Alysa Held receives scholarship certificate from Chief Nursing Officer Katy Wilkens.

Alysa Held receives scholarship certificate from Chief Nursing Officer Katy Wilkens.

GIFTS HELP FILL THE NEED FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA 

To address the critical need for healthcare professionals in our region, the Foundation offers financial assistance with scholarships for Northern Arizona Healthcare employees and for graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in healthcare.