The Kearns Initiative (or Future We Choose in Kearns) is a placed-based initiative utilizing a collective impact approach. Working collectively together, we strive for the best that Kearns can be.
Mayor McAdams, in 2015, initiated a study to determine what community within Salt Lake County would benefit the most from a place-based initiative. The study examined the economic well-being, health indicators, education outcomes, and community demographics of various communities. Ultimately, Kearns was chosen.
The Collective Impact approach enables Salt Lake County to better collaborate and work with community members, providers, and other stakeholders to set a common agenda and outcomes, develop strategies, and adopt a culture of continuous improvement for the Kearns community.
Kearns Initiative efforts are targeted to ensuring that Kearns attracts and supports a healthy mix of residents and businesses, and is welcoming and safe for those who live, work, learn, and play here. In cooperation with the Steering Committee, the Healthy Places Subcommittee, use their collective expertise and resources to create an economic development plan that includes mixed income housing and mixed use developments; ensures access to health and wellness opportunities; integrates community assets with surrounding neighborhoods; and is driven by community priorities.
To join the effort as a member of the Healthy Places Subcommittee, or for questions, please contact Alison Weyher at (385) 468-4867.
Kearns initiative efforts are targeted to ensure residents are physically, nutritionally, and mentally healthy. In cooperation with the Steering Committee, the Healthy People Subcommittee, will use their collective expertise and resources to improve
delivery of health services and dissemination of information; create new spaces and facilities that support health, nutrition and wellness programs; improve access to fresh food and beverage options that also support our diverse cultural traditions; and provide opportunities for physical activity.
Monthly meetings are held:
3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Utah Olympic Oval
5662 Cougar Lane
To join the effort as a member of the Healthy People Subcommittee, or for questions, please contact Linsey Miller (385) 468-4058.
Currently, Expanded Opportunities is working on Evidence2Success (E2S), an Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative. This powerful framework is used to help public systems work together with communities to improve children’s outcomes. The E2S Kearns Community Board, made up of residents, local staff, and systems
representatives, acts as the primary decision-making body for identifying priorities and selecting tested, effective programs to support Kearns youth.
Monthly meetings are held:
Evidence to Success Board Meeting
4th Wednesday of every month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
If you would like to join an Evidence2Success workgroup, or for questions or more information, please contact Caroline Moreno at (385) 468-7134.