Health & Wellness

The Future of 68,000

Building Community through Building Healthy Places

In late 2016, Matt Kubus represented CRP at the Urban Land Institute interactive workshop on Building Healthy Places. Funded through the Colorado Health Foundation, a panel of 30 local community members gathered to discuss the future development of a local neighborhood area that represents 1/10th of the Springs population.

Southeast Colorado Springs spans a 12 square mile area and is home to over 68,000 people. This number embodies 12% of the population making it one of the largest neighborhood zones in the city limits. However, this zone is faced with some severe challenges in need of attention: high vacancy rates, unemployment, serious crime and and an need for sense of place are just a few of the hurdles the Southeast corridor faces every day. The  primary focus of this BHP Workshop was to envision the future for these 68,000 of Southeast Colorado Springs and the steps we need to take as a city to benefit this community area and the quality of living for its inhabitants. Concepts that were aimed to be addressed in the workshop were access to healthy food options, active transit, development of the economy, public safety and overall cohesion. 

The workshop's end result was a culmination of innovative opportunities for positive engagement, such as:

  • Developing mixed use space and implementing the job training associated with it

  • Integrate 600 acres of new housing options

  • Explore the value of 'Pop-Up' events 

  • Implement a Summer Festival

  • Create a 'Neighborhood Clean-Up' organization for volunteers

  • Install community-accessible wifi

  • Start a Youth Entrepreneurship program

  • Build a community-run greenhouse

  • Teach culinary seminars throughout the area to instill healthy eating & home cooking skills

Upon the workshop's completion, a final deliverable was assembled with all the research, discussions and opportunity ideas collaborated on by the panel. By clicking the document cover below, you can see the report study in its entirety:

PRESS RELEASE - December 18, 2015

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Developing New Community Health Partnership and Service Delivery Framework

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services are entering into a strategic community-wide partnership to improve the health of the population throughout the Pikes Peak Region and enhance the value of both organizations. Each organization has unique competencies, workforce talent, physical footprint and share a common purpose in improving the health of our community. 

“The Y is thrilled to have Penrose-St. Francis as our Health Care System Partner of choice. Aligning our shared values and vision, the Y realizes that through collaborative efforts we can have a greater impact and meet the growing needs of our community,” said President and CEO of the Y, Boyd Williams. “The Y believes it is the premier organization to deliver transformational and sustainable well-being throughout the community. We want to help people become and stay healthy by using expertise from both organizations to provide access and services in a creative and impactful way.”

The vision is to merge these two world-class social platforms to nurture the health of our communities through new programs and services such as health risk assessments, screenings and employee wellness.

“We are excited to become the Health Care System Partner of the Y,” said Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “The Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion in Monument opened earlier this year and embodies the structure and spirit that both Penrose-St. Francis and the Y wish to extend throughout the Pikes Peak Region.”

Penrose-St. Francis hopes to collaborate with the Y on programs and services at co-located facilities with services which may include chronic disease management, screenings, motivational coaching and many other programs.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Pikes Peak YMCA and Penrose-St. Francis

MEDIA CONTACT: AMY SUFAK - - 719.649.4279

Friday, December 18, 3 – 4 p.m.
downtown Colorado Springs at the YMCA Association offices, Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Boyd Williams, president & CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, will be available for interviews. Call Amy Sufak 719.649.4279 to coordinate.