RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY PLANS
Youth Master Plan

Vision Leadville: The 2013 Leadville/Lake County Youth Master Plan

Vision Leadville: The 2013 Leadville – Lake County Youth Master Plan is the culmination of a two year-long collaborative process aimed at transforming the way our community serves and supports its children, youth and families.Created under the leadership of Lake County Build a Generation, the Youth Master Plan outlines the priorities and concerns of the Lake County community and provides the Youth Master Plan Partnership with a shared vision and desired outcomes for improving youth health. Read the entire Youth Master Plan.

Video: Youth Researchers

This video was made by the Youth Master Plan Youth Researchers as they explored what would make life better for youth and families in Lake County. The video was one of the inputs to the Youth Master Plan Research Process:

Lake County Build a Generation Risk Assessment

Every two years, Lake County Build a Generation publishes its Risk Assessment, an exhaustive analysis of local data about the health of the community.

2015 Risk Assessment

This year’s data was reviewed and analyzed by Lake County Build a Generation staff, Lake County High School statistics students, and community leaders at the 2013 Data Summit.

The data in the 2015 Risk Assessment is organized around five main themes:

  • Alcohol Use and Availability
  • Marijuana, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Violence and Crime
  • Health and Safety
  • Education

Read the entire 2015 Risk Assessment.

2013 Risk Assessment

This year’s data was reviewed and analyzed by Lake County Build a Generation staff, Lake County High School statistics students, and community leaders at the 2013 Data Summit.

The data in the 2013 Risk Assessment is organized around five main themes:

  • Alcohol Use and Availability
  • Marijuana, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Violence and Crime
  • Health and Safety
  • Education

Read the 2013 Risk Assessment.

2010 Risk Assessment

In 2010, Lake County Build a Generation produced a Risk Assessment to explore risk and protective factors in Lake County. Read the 2010 Risk Assessment.

LiveWell Leadville

2017 LiveWell Leadville Strategic Plan

Read about the LiveWell Leadville goals and strategies for 2017-2019.

2014 LiveWell Leadville Strategic Plan

After a year of research, planning, and mobilizing, Lake County Build a Generation staff–together with partner agencies and community members–created a three-year Strategic Plan for making Leadville a healthier place.

In Year One, we used the following strategies to develop a three-year plan to improve healthy eating and active living in Leadville and Lake County.

The final plan has the following vision and mission:

Vision: Leadville’s residents work together to re-imagine Leadville and Lake County as a community with unique opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle.

Mission: Leadville-Lake County is a community in which:

  • All residents have access to affordable, healthy, and/or regional food;
  • All residents have access to recreation through accessible design, safety, and affordability;
  • All residents are engaged in making their community a better place to live; and
  • All progress builds on Leadville’s sense of place—particularly our arts, culture, history and natural environment

The plan has three main goals, each of which has a youth and community component:

  • Increase healthy eating among students in our community.
  • Increase healthy eating among people in our community with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level.
  • Increase the number of people in our community who travel by walking or biking.
  • Increase the number of students who travel to school by walking or biking.
  • Increase activity levels among Leadville residents through recreational opportunities.
  • Increase the time in which students are engaged in vigorous or moderate activity.

Read the 2014 LiveWell Leadville Strategic Plan.

2014 LiveWell Leadville Community Food Assessment

The assessment was launched in January 2014 through a partnership between LiveWell Leadville and Colorado Mountain College’s Sustainability Studies program.

The community-based assessment adopted a mixed-methods approach and included reviews of population-level data, mapping of local resources, food retail surveys and inventories, interviews with stakeholders, and outreach to regional, state and national partners.

Based on research and engagement, we propose that the development of our food system include the following features:

Food hub: An organization to coordinate food access efforts and food system development, education, outreach, and development of a retail alternative.

Regional distribution: Development of infrastructure and regional partnerships to increase affordability and distribution of healthier foods in Lake County. This can start with a feasibility study in partnership with LiveWell Chaffee County.

Improvements to the food retail environment: There is demand for a retail alternative, potential for increasing healthy options in convenience stores, and a need to reduce prices to align with regional food prices.

Education and coordination of cooperative joint purchasing: 85% of local restaurants expressed an interest in learning more about cooperative purchasing to reduce their costs for produce, dairy, meats, fresh greens, herbs and organics.

Increasing enrollment in food assistance: 28% of country residents are eligible but not enrolled. Collaboration between agencies could ensure that those who need food assistance are aware of these benefits, enroll in the programs, and that healthy options are made accessible through these avenues.

Education and outreach: Model food hubs and communities provide nutrition education, cooking classes, information about navigating retail environment for health, and food and nutrition resources in schools and the community at-large.

Read the 2014 LiveWell Leadville Community Food Assessment.

2013 LiveWell Leadville Photovoice

During March 2013, a diverse group of Leadville residents explored their communities and took photographs relate to healthy eating and active living. These images, framed from the lenses of the photographers’ cameras reflect important issues that affect the well-being of Lake County residents.

Hear from one photographer, Jackie, what it meant to be a youth participant in the Photovoice Project:

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Other Research and Community Plans

2015 Lake County Safe Routes to Schools Assessment

During Youth Master Plan initiation efforts in 2012, members focused on increasing healthy eating and active living opportunities in the county, including encouraging students to walk and bike to school in greater members. Initial conversations focused on “Walk and Bike to School” campaigns were deemed premature given the large number of safety and infrastructure issues that Lake County residents experience. Efforts first needed to address crumbling sidewalks, heavy snow removal, a lack of crosswalks, increased signage and clearly established safe routes to schools and community services alike.

Through several community projects, a Lake County Safe Routes to School Audit grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, and grant funds secured to support SRTS coalition efforts in walking/biking education and awareness, Lake County Build a Generation completed an initial Safe Routes assessment and planning phase. This participatory research and community engagement has been instrumental in creating parent, local government and organizational advocates dedicated to moving efforts forward.

Read the 2015 Safe Routes to Schools Assessment.

2014 Tobacco Free Lake County Assessment

In 2014, Lake County Build a Generation conducted a Tobacco Assessment to learn how our community can best prevent youth tobacco use initiation and support adult tobacco cessation.

The assessment addressed six focus areas:

  • Retail Environment
  • Family Exposure
  • School Policies
  • Tobacco-free Parks
  • Adult Cessation
  • Youth Partnerships

Read the 2014 Tobacco Free Lake County Assessment.