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January 2024

  Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Growth, Innovation, and Commitment to the Future
As we step into 2024, CFA remains steadfast in its commitment to shape Arizona’s future, together. The year 2023 was one of growth, celebration, and collective commitment with exciting progress across our education, workforce, and civic health initiatives.
    Explore milestones from the past year    

Arizona Progress Meter Update: Health and Well-Being
  Making Sense of Arizona's Air Quality
Did you notice or hear about smog during the holidays in Phoenix? That was particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), inhalable particles so fine they’re 30 times smaller than a strand of hair. Smoke from fireworks set off to celebrate the holidays as well as indoor and outdoor fires created the hazy air. PM 2.5 is just one of three critical air quality measures CFA tracks in the Arizona Health and Well-Being Progress Meter. Our latest update dives into the state of our air, covering Ozone, dust or PM 10, and haze or PM 2.5. We explore their impact, including a better understanding of why air quality is essential to public health and the economy.
    Join the journey towards cleaner air    

In the Community
  Catalyzing Change: Personalized Learning Institute Sets a New Standard for Education
Personalized Learning Institute
Educators participate in immersive sessions at Rio Rico High School exploring personalized learning strategies.
Earlier this month, Arizona witnessed a groundbreaking event for education – the Personalized Learning Institute, hosted by the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District in collaboration with CFA and KnowledgeWorks. Educators and leaders across Arizona and the U.S. dove into the transformative world of personalized competency-based learning, a key ingredient in student-centered education. This event wasn't just a conference; it demonstrated what’s possible for the future of education.
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Upcoming Events
  Arizona Healthcare Workforce Summit
April 4-5, 2024 | ASU Sky Song - Scottsdale, AZ
The highly anticipated Arizona Healthcare Workforce Summit returns in April! Whether you’re returning or new to the Summit, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to advance education and training, recruitment, and retention of healthcare professionals in Arizona. We must work together to retain young talent, build career pathways to support economic mobility, and address critical workforce needs. With an influx of funding to address statewide healthcare workforce development and many initiatives underway, the Summit will facilitate strategic collaboration and maximize our collective awareness and impact.
    Registration is now open    

Join our team!
  We’re Hiring at CFA: Shape Arizona's Future!
Are you driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in Arizona? Are you connected with others who share this ambition? We're excited to announce that we're on the lookout for dynamic, dedicated individuals eager to contribute to a brighter, stronger future for Arizona.
  • Program Coordinator, Sr., Civic Health
    Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2024; 3:00 p.m. MST
  • Communications Specialist
    Application Deadline: Feb. 12, 2024; 3:00 p.m. MST
    Discover more details and submit your application    

In the News
Catch up with recent news about CFA, our partners,
and the priorities of Arizonans:
New Op-Ed: How to Keep the 2024 Election Focused on Issues Voters Actually Care About
CFA Chair, President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis shares in her latest op-ed with The Arizona Republic, “Arizona can steer the 2024 election debate from mere spectacle to real substance. But we all bear some of that responsibility.”
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Radio   KJZZ, The Show, Polls show Arizonans agree on most big issues. The politicians who represent them don't.
Web   The Arizona Republic, Arizona students are helping to decide school budgets. In the process, they are learning about democracy.
Web   AZ Big Media, The AZ Big 100
Web   The Aspen Institute, Workforce Leadership Café with Pima Community College and CFA

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