The NARBHA Institute advances wellbeing in northern Arizona by inspiring hope, energizing coalitions, and amplifying diverse voices.

Our Strategic Initiatives

To serve as a catalyst and conveyor of transformative solutions advancing wellbeing through the framework of Livable Communities.


Northern Arizona’s health challenges are complex. They are both a cause and consequence of multiple social and environmental factors including mental illness, poverty, housing, educational shortfalls, employment opportunities, safety, food security and health disparities. We are working to advance wellbeing and have a 50% governance role in Health Choice Integrated Care, the new integrated regional behavioral health authority.

Community Needs Assessment

The NARBHA Institute commissioned a comprehensive assessment of needs and resources in northern Arizona including health, hunger, homelessness, chronic disease, economic development, work force development, and wellness. The discovery, trends and issues identified will help inform The NARBHA Institute's future philanthropic wellbeing initiatives.


Through its Well North Communities subsidiary, The NARBHA Institute provides Permanent Supported Housing for persons living with serious mental illness to help them live more stable, productive lives. The Institute is funding a pilot project to help tenants access benefits they may be entitled to through the SAMHSA SOAR program. Livable Communities is a proven strategy to assist those who face the most complex challenges.

Sustainable Economic Development

The NARBHA Institute’s Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) subsidiary promotes sustainable economic prosperity through ecological health, social equity, and a resilient economy. One program, SEDI’s Dollars for Dreams, offers community-supported micro-loans to businesses who do not have access to traditional financing, training and coaching, and assistance in building a credit history.

The NARBHA Institute News

The NARBHA Institute James Wurgler MD Chair Endowed at Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University and The NARBHA Institute have partnered to create an endowed professorship that focuses on the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health to create an environment for experts in criminal justice and behavioral health to collaborate with community partners in pursuit of innovations in practice, policy, and academics. This endowment also is expected to enhance efforts within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to promote thriving, resilient communities in the region and open new possibilities for collaboration that will ultimately benefit all citizens of northern Arizona.

The NARBHA Institute Celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Community Service with Mental Health and Wellbeing Symposium

On November 17, 2017, The NARBHA Institute marked its 50th anniversary of service in northern Arizona by hosting the Mental Health and Wellbeing Symposium: The Future of Integrated Health in Northern Arizona. Distinguished speakers included Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Professor Thomas Joiner, AHCCCS Director Thomas Betlach, Arizona Veterans’ Services Director Wanda Wright, SAMHSA Regional Director Dr. Jon Perez, Dr. Rose Weahkee, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service Office of Urban Indian Health Programs Coconino County Supervisor Elizabeth Archuleta and more.

The NARBHA Institute Cardon Legacy Grants

The NARBHA Institute created the Cardon Legacy Grants in recognition of former Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority Board Chairman and current and founding NARBHA Institute Board member Marriner Cardon. Marriner has served both organizations since 2003 and throughout his career, he has continued to foster a spirit of collegiality and has dedicated himself to community service.

Family Practice Residency Program

In a unique partnership, North Country Healthcare (NCHC) and The NARBHA Institute are collaborating to develop a family practice residency based at NCHC. The program will create a premier residency training program that prepares primary care physicians for integrated physical and behavioral care in a population health framework.

The NARBHA Institute Leadership

  • Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors governs the Institute and provides fiduciary oversight. The Board's shared dedication to our mission and vision and strong commitment to honor the voices and needs of poor and vulnerable populations is visible in all of our initiatives.

  • Legacy Council

    The Legacy Council is an advisory group to the The NARBHA Institute Board of Directors. It is comprised of stakeholder and community advocates and experts who engage in active dialog with consumers, Institute executives and the Board. The Legacy Council represents the voice of the consumer.

  • Leadership Team

    The Leadership Team is a blend of strategic and dynamic executives devoted to implementing the mission of advancing wellbeing in northern Arizona.

The NARBHA Institute embraces imagination, builds capacity, and inspires innovative solutions by leveraging resources and serving as a catalyst for well-being opportunities.

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