EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Education empowers and equips individuals and communities for successful and healthy lives. Increased education often leads to better working conditions, health insurance, wages, and access to resources that promote better health outcomes.1In fact, studies show that there is a direct correlation between education attainment and health outcomes.

Individuals with more education live longer, healthier lives than those with less education. College educated people are likely to live nine years longer than non high school educated counterparts and better-educated individuals are less likely to have chronic illness like heart disease or diabetes.


What It Means

Educational equity leads to health equity. Education attainment influences health disparities by creating access to economic and social resources and developing skills and personality traits that improve health.

Unfortunately, educational opportunities are not the same across regions, perpetuating existing variations in health.
These differences in health outcomes include length of life, chronic illness, and other diseases.
Like many of the elements of a healthy community, increasing access to education for all increases access to better health for all.

Why It Matters

Education helps reinforce a community’s ability to bounce back from crisis. Higher education strengthens community resilience by increasing citizen knowledge, skills, and experience that will equip them for crisis.These institutions are helping make communities more resilient by creating social services, economic growth, community capital improvements, and community preparedness.1These specific outcomes combined with the improved health that education creates; all contribute to strengthening community response to adverse events.

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National Resources: The Big Picture

Look here for statistics, analysis strategies, resources and best practices from across the country.

Quality Education

  • Alliance for Excellent Education

  • Communities in Schools

  • Community Guide – Health Equity: Expanded In-School Learning Time

  • Schools & Health – Impact of Education on Health

  • The Education Trust

Education Policy and Regulation

  • Education Week

  • National Education Association

  • Stand for Children

  • United States Department of Education

Community Schools

  • Institute for Educational Leadership

  • National Center for Community Schools

Arizona Resources: Local Spotlight

Looking to start, or engage in a conversation about Educational Opportunities and how you can contribute? Here are connectors, conveners, advocates and actors to bring to the table.

Education Policy and Regulation

  • Arizona Department of Education

  • Arizona Education Association

  • Children’s Action Alliance – K12 Education

  • Rodel Foundation of Arizona

  • The Arizona We Want – Education Progress Meter

Quality Education

  • Arizona Educational Foundation

  • College Success Arizona

  • Expect More Arizona

  • Helios Education Foundation

  • First Things First – Quality First

  • Stand for Children – Arizona


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KEY PROJECTS

Connect with Educational Opportunities efforts-in-progress, and the partners who are helping to make them happen:

Arizona Venture Fund for Quality Education: Unites several education-based funds managed by Arizona Community Foundation to invest in collaborative solutions, reform initiatives, and scholarships. Focus areas include school district reform, early literacy, STEM education, and advocacy.

Tucson Steps to Success: A partnership between Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Office of the Mayor to locate and reintroduce students to the academic setting in order to obtain a high school diploma.

Equity Challenge: A campaign led by the Arizona School Board Association encouraging individual school board members and school districts to identify the gaps that prevent Arizona children from receiving equitable, educational opportunity.

Achieve60AZ: Led by the Achieve60AZ Alliance, Achieve60AZ seeks to ensure that 60% of Arizonans 25 and older have a certificate or college degree by 2030.

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Signature Projects

Get a bird’s eye view of efforts from around the country that can be an inspiration and reference point for Arizona-based work:

The New York City Community Schools Initiative: A city wide initiative to re-imagine schools as community hubs where students receive academic instruction, families access social services, and communities gather to address their common challenges.

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