Unlocking Health & Happiness
Through a focused approach to grant-making, we’ve been privileged to support local nonprofit initiatives established to create the best health outcomes for people who call northern Arizona home. One of these programs is the Hozhoni Foundation’s Health & Happiness Project (H3) aimed at addressing the unfunded physical, dental, behavioral, communication, and therapeutic needs of its clients.
Founded in 1970 as an alternative to institutionalizing children with intellectual/developmental (I/DD) disabilities, the organization has provided residential, vocational, and education services through 21 group homes, ongoing multi-day programs, and client employment sites across three cities. Hozhoni’s commitment to sustainable health solutions remains steadfast. However, enhancing the quality of life for adults with I/DD, who are generally more prone to chronic illness, comes with its challenges.
Individuals with I/DD often experience higher rates of obesity, sedentary behaviors, and poor nutritional habits. These occurrences, in addition to limited access to healthcare options and dedicated funding, create obstacles to optimal health outcomes.
The H3 Project was designed to fill in the gaps—to treat the whole person through a continuity of care. H3’s programming goals hope to see a decrease in urgent care and emergency room visits, hospitalization, and behavioral incidents by providing relevant education, enhanced medical management, nutrition coaching, and several therapies to encourage overall well-being.
Through our Foundation grant, we are proud to support H3’s holistic approach to empower 80 more clients with the tools for self-sufficiency that combat the effects of chronic illness and unlock health and happiness for life.