Neighborhood Workshops

Workshops to build capacity among neighborhood leaders

The U.S. Census Bureau - Denver Region and the City of Tucson Department of Planning and Development Services invite you to attend 

Accessing Census Data for Neighborhood Associations 

Neighbors together

Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
presented by 
Partnership Specialist Maria Vianey Valdez-Cardenas
U.S. Census Bureau - Denver Region 

Join the U.S. Census Bureau and the City of Tucson Department of Planning and Development Services to learn how to access and use data for Neighborhood Associations. This Data Awareness Session will provide an overview of the latest Census data tools and, a new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Participants will learn how to access Quick Facts, American Community Survey (ACS) Narrative Profiles, and subject tables. Participants will also receive guidance on proper citation of Census data for grants and reports. 

Data is knowledge and knowledge is power! 

Register here

Questions:  Please contact Rebecca Ruopp, Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, at

THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Creative Strategies for Meaningful Engagement

When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Focus: A common question Neighborhood Resources receives from Neighborhood Association leaders is, “How can we get more people involved in our neighborhood efforts?” 

Serena Unrein, Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, will moderate a conversation about ways to effectively and equitably reach people who aren’t currently involved in neighborhood meetings, activities, and projects.


  • Evren Sönmez, Director of Strategic Policy & Practice, Living Streets Alliance. You may have met Evren through her work with various neighborhood projects over the years.
  • Lyssa Hall, Live Well Arizona Incubator Coach. Lyssa previously worked in the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department as a Planner and most recently worked with the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association on strategies for involvement in the preparation of Menlo Park’s Neighborhood Plan. 

Watch video here

Questions:  Please contact Rebecca Ruopp, Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, at Rebecca.Ruopp@tucsonaz.govor (520) 837-6973

This workshop is a collaboration between City of Tucson Neighborhood Resources and Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities

First Session in Virtual Workshop Series

Topic: LIVE WELL ARIZONA INCUBATOR: Purpose, Examples, How to Apply

When: Wednesday, September 23, Noon - 1:00 pm

Where: Online 

To Register: Fill out the online registration form and receive your invitation for the virtual workshop that will be held via Microsoft Teams (which is the City's meeting platform and pretty easy to use).

Workshop Content: Earlier this summer we sent a Neighborhood Nugget about the opportunity to apply for the Live Well Arizona Incubator, designed to support and accelerate the work of teams seeking to address community issues with their very own coach to guide them. This no cost program is a collaboration of the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities and Vitalyst Health Foundation.

Then we thought that many of you would probably like to hear firsthand from Jane Pearson, a member of the Incubator management team, and from Zach Yentzer, president of Tucson's Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, which participated in the program in 2019. So, together we planned this workshop, which will include:

  • A brief introduction about the Incubator's sponsors, background, goals, and purpose.
  • Several examples of Incubator teams' work and outcomes 
  • A mini-case study of the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association's Incubator program, the issue tackled, and what was gained and what was learned.
  • Steps in completing the application for this year's program (due October 16, 2020).

Not Sure?  Even if pursuing this program sounds like one thing too many in these unusual times, we encourage you to join the one-hour workshop to hear about issues addressed and methods used, which may give you some ideas applicable to your neighborhood.

Questions:Please contact Rebecca Ruopp, Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, at or (520) 837-6973.